We're delighted to announce that December's Team of the Month Award goes to Whitley Bay Rockcliff RFC U13 Girls Team. Please have a read of their nomination below and why they are worthy winners ....
The team was formed with just one 11 year old girl in September and the girls section of the club worked tirelessly to integrate with local schools, offering after school clubs and one off sessions and by October they had a squad of 7 or 8 girls. The girls then took over the promotion of the team and they currently have an Under 13 squad of over 20 girls registered and playing rugby. Recently the U13 girls played their first full game playing a barbars team made up of Morpeth, Novos and Alnwick Girls.
Their coach, Matt Leach says "I believe this meteoric growth in numbers is down to 3 factors: the hard work put in by coaches; the fun and inclusive nature of sessions and thirdly down to the grit and determination of the girls themselves. They have brought friends along; given talks in their schools and even recruited from other activity groups like scouts and dance schools!!. The U13 girls train come hell or high water and we even trained recently, on a Tuesday night in hail and sleet when many older teams (who were due to train on nice clean AGP cancelled training). The U13 girls also helped arrange a quiz night in aid of Rock4Olly which raised over £600 pounds for this very worthwhile cause."
"I have been a member of Rockcliff RFC all my life and have played rugby for over 35 years and have to say that this squad of girls are a fantastic bunch whose commitment, teamwork and dedication to their teammates is unbelievable. They love to train and enjoy the sport and camaraderie which shows through in their games. In a male dominated sport, with all the hurdles to overcome, these girls are truly smashing the stereotypes and have inspired an old coach/player like me."
The team wins 20 tickets to the European Challenge Cup being held on Friday, 10th May 2019 at St James Park, Newcastle. The Team of the Month Award is very kindly supported by the Newcastle 2019 European Club Rugby Finals. Tickets for this event are selling fast, and Clubs are urged to book early to avoid disappointment. For details on group packages for the European Challenge Cup or how you could earn cashback for your Clubs, please contact email@example.com for further details. For further details on the event, including ticket information, please go to www.Newcastle2019.com.
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