Over three sessions Belfast Harlequins are aiming to recruit 21 players who have the potential to advance in women’s rugby, both in 7′s and in the full 15 a side game, though the coaching will be on 7′s. The Academy is open to all, but is primarily aimed at girls aged 14 – 17.
Once selected the participants will receive a full fitness screening and will be given an individual training schedule. They will then start the Quins 7′s programme where they will be coached in tackle technique, ball skills and game appreciation.
The training has be devised by, Quins Women and UCC Men’s coach, Nathan Moore, Isle Van Staden (South Africa Women’s 7′s), Nikki Caughey (Ireland Women’s 7′s) and Ashleigh Baxter (Ireland Women’s 7′s) and includes regular re-testing and video analysis. There will also be competitive games against other clubs in Ulster and Ireland.
The open sessions take place at Belfast Harlequins Rugby Club from 12:00pm to 2:00pm on the following dates.
Saturday 30th June.
Saturday 28th July.
Saturday 25th August.
The Front Row Union are pleased to support this initiative, as we said earler this month;
“There couldn’t be a better time to get involved with Women’s Rugby in Ulster. Ulster Women’s rugby players will be representing Ireland in the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Paris, France and they will also be involved in 2016 Olympics with Ireland entering a Women’s Rugby 7?s team in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“Training and playing for local clubs offers girls from all sports backgrounds a fantastic chance to get involved in the Ulster and Irish Rugby set up and a chance to push for inclusion in one of these, and other, fantastic events. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have any rugby experience as the clubs and Ulster Women’s rugby offer expert coaching and guidance to help you make it to the top if you have the drive and the ability.
“Rugby is a fantastic cross over sport for girls from GAA, hockey, football and athletics backgrounds and offers one of the fastest routes to Provincial and International honours. Just think in a few short years you could be playing in the historic Irish Inter-Provincial Championships or travelling to Italy or France to take part in the prestigious Women’s RBS Six Nations.
“Of course, with seven Ulster Clubs in the All Ireland League, and an ever increasing number of development sides, Ulster Women’s rugby isn’t just for the elite athlete and players of all abilities are more than welcome. There is a healthy social scene at all the clubs and regular road trips throughout Ireland to play all levels of competition against clubs in Connacht, Leinster and Munster, an opportunity to make friends for life.”
So get along and get involved – no excuses!