Ladies from S1 upwards in Kelso and the surrounding area are being sought for the town’s new rugby team.
This week saw the first training session for the new Kelso Ladies RFC team following agreement to its formation at an open meeting at Poynder Park.
The meeting was well-attended, and it was agreed training would start immediately, on Wednesday nights. SRU Rugby Development Officer Jen Miller was at the meeting to explain the role of the National Development League for female players, an initiative which allows individuals and clubs who are not ready to take part in fully-competitive fixtures and leagues to benefit from coaching days to boost their confidence and skills.
Kelso RFC secretary Norman Anderson said: “Most folk locally will have been enthused by the success of the World Cup, so it is hoped that interest can be maintained by participating at whatever level.”
“The initial meeting showed a keen interest by those who came along. Time to turn that into fun and fitness with a target of playing rugby a few months’ down the line.”
All ages and abilities are welcome, from high school age upwards, and the emphasis will be on fun, fitness and skills development. Even those who have never played rugby before, but would love to give it a try, are asked to come along on to the rugby club at Poynder Park for training on Wednesday nights at 7pm.
The plan is for Kelso Ladies RFC to join the National Development League, to help prepare the club for entering the senior leagues in the 2017/18 season.
Kelso RFC committee member Ian Anderson, who will be one of the coaches for the ladies’ team, added: “We have been delighted with the response so far.
“We are particularly keen for girls from S1 upwards to come along to training, as they will be the future of the team.”
A Facebook page, Kelso Ladies RFC, has been started and will have regular updates and news from the team.