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Friday 22 September 2017

Galwegians mini girls seeking next generation of heroines

Fiona Coghlan, recently retired captain of the Ireland team, is an inspiration to young girls
Fiona Coghlan, recently retired captain of the Ireland team, is an inspiration to young girls

Girls and their parents are at a disadvantage when it comes to sport.

Heroes such as Paul O'Connell and Robbie Henshaw readily exist for boys. These players help promote their sport and encourage youngsters to get involved.

The lack of equality in sport, both professional and amateur, means that women role-models are less visible to our daughters.

But they are there: Fiona Coghlan, recently retired captain of the Ireland team, is one and Galwegians have two players, Ruth O'Reilly and Sene Naoupu, in the national squad.

Galwegians mini-rugby is open to all ages to U-12 level, from where girls can step-up to youth and senior grades, hopefully emulating our players who have represented Connacht and Ireland.

We prioritise safety and fun for all players and aim to provide an inclusive and friendly atmosphere for new players.

Rugby is a game which fosters team-spirit, maturity and life-long social bonds. So as parents we need to make the choice: Kim Kardashian, Nicky Minaj and the like or. . . the next generation of real women, real heroes?

Galwegians mini girls train on Saturday mornings at 10.00. Contact David at 086 608 3821 for more information.

Irish Independent

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