All welcome as young women of Birr create a piece of history
As the winter approaches in earnest, and most of us look forward to sitting in front of a warm fire donning a pair of slippers, Birr RFC's young women decided it wasn't for them, and in doing so, changed the face of the club forever.
What these girls have done was to buck the trend, grab a pair of boots and head for the rugby pitches.
Indeed, such was the surprise, that when an invitation was sent out for players to come down, coaches, and those in the club were amazed, as on the first day, some 40 girls showed up.
Girls' rugby at Birr is going from strength to strength, with 50-plus regularly turning up for training on a Sunday morning.
Credit must go to this committed bunch of young athletes, who are braving the bad weather each week to get fit, learn and progress.
From humble beginnings, there is no limit now, and each player should be immensely proud of the fact they are the first young women's teams in the club's history.
Indeed, players have asked the coaching staff to take them up the Slieve Blooms for a walk/jog by way of keeping fit, which will happen this weekend, and to climb Carrantuohill, Ireland's tallest peak, which will take place next year.
Should anybody else wish to come to train, get fit, be part of a friendly atmosphere, you are welcome. Your fitness levels are not important, but, a willingness to have a go is!
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There is no upper age limit, but just for the moment as things get off the ground, the minimum age is 13, on July 31.
And finally a huge thank you to the many parents making the effort to get these young players to the training sessions.
Initially, it was just a topic of conversation over a cup of tea with Emma Ward and Ann O'Connor, and now, other dedicated personnel Sharon Grant, Fiona O'Meara, Audrey Butler and Imelda Smyth have come on board to make it the success it is. You can contact Emma @ 087 2142666.