Success of Old Belvedere blitz shows rugby on the rise among teenage girls
Old Belvedere hosted their first Girls Development Blitz last Sunday, as teenage girls rugby continues to grow in the Dublin area.
Players in the U-15 age group came from new Dublin teams in Old Belvedere, Old Wesley, De La Salle Palmerston, St Marys and Tallaght Rugby Clubs, and joined together to form teams to play games against visiting girls from the more established Wicklow Rugby Club. Also in attendance were players from further north of Leinster - Boyne and Skerries RFC, where girls rugby is undergoing significant growth.
In the U-18s age group Enniscorthy are leading the way in development teams, with a large squad now in operation.
Their team played against a 'Barbarians' combined team also made up of girls from Skerries, Boyne, Old Belvedere, St Marys and De La Salle Palmerston.
"It is fabulous to see increasing numbers of girls taking part in these fun rugby tournaments. The club coaches are well trained and are enjoying teaching the enthusiastic new players the basics of the game," said Jennie Bagnall, Leinster Women's Development Officer.
"With more programs of girls rugby in schools and clubs throughout the province, the opportunity for girls aged 8 to 18 to play the game is greater than ever before.
If you are interested in Girls Rugby please contact Jennie.Bagnall@leinsterrugby.ie for more information on participating clubs and programmes.