New women’s touch rugby sessions as sport grows in Lancaster and Morecambe

The under 15 girls team at the Vale of Lune.
The under 15 girls team at the Vale of Lune.
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Vale of Lune RUFC are set to expand their women’s section by offering new touch rugby sessions for ladies only.

The touch sessions for over 17s are set to take place on May 1 at 6.30pm until 7.30pm with refreshments available afterwards.

Community coach Martin Powell helped set up the sessions and is confident they will be a success.

He said: “Women’s rugby is probably one of the fastest growing games we’ve got in this country – in terms of touch rugby it’s a sport that allows everyone who’s starting out to come down and give it a go.

“There’s no contact, it’s really social, lots of fun and doesn’t having that stigma of ‘I might get injured’ or ‘I’m going to get hurt’ – even for just an hour it’s better than a gym membership – it’s free and that social element of it should create much more of an interest.”

No kit or knowledge of rugby is required - only a pair of trainers is needed.

Martin, who has helped run beach rugby on Morecambe Bay for four years, says the Vale have been supportive of the efforts.

He said: “The club is behind the plan 100 per cent which is the barrier normally.

“If you can get a club which allow you to use your facilities that’s great and the club want to set up the women’s section as well as the girls section they’ve got there – so all credit to them.”

*The new Vale of Lune RUFC girls under 13 and under 15 teams played their first games on Sunday – just eight weeks after starting up the section.

The girls train every Thursday at Powderhouse Lane from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. New players from school years 7 to 11.

For more details contact Martin Powell on MartinPowell@RFU.com or 07894 489418.