Thursday 29 September 2016

Girls to get international coaching at Union

Published 29/01/2016 | 02:30

Ireland Sevens star Emma Murphy (Sportsfile)
Ireland Sevens star Emma Murphy (Sportsfile)

Railway Union have announced their 'Futures' programme for girls aged 12-18.

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"The 'Railway Futures' is aimed at girls who are interested in playing rugby, either those taking up the game for first time or those looking to develop their rugby skills," said Railway's director of rugby John Cronin.

"We are very lucky to have a large contingent of female internationals playing in Railway and even luckier that they are willing to give back and help develop the next generation.

"The coaches are exceptional role models, many of whom have made the transition from other sports and understand how those skills can be adapted to rugby."

The programme is being run by 12 current internationals, many of whom have achieved in other sports including Gaelic football, camogie, hockey, athletics, netball, soccer and basketball.

"Rugby is so much fun," said Ireland 7s international Emma Murphy (above). "The programme will be focused on fun, enjoyment and skill development. I came through a similar age-grade programme in Railway four years ago and I would encourage any girl who is even a little curious to try it."

"Unlike Emma, I was a late convert to rugby," said Ireland 15-a-side international and former Dublin GAA and Ireland basketball star Lindsay Peat.

"I've found rugby to be a fantastic sport for girls, challenging on many levels and great for personal development."

Training begins on Monday, February 8 and runs from 6.30-7.30 every Monday.

For further information or to register interest, please email girlsrugby@railwayunionrfc.com

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