Cooke Women have announced two exciting new summer courses for any females that want to try rugby.

The courses are suitable for beginners or players with a bit of experience and they both start at 6:45pm on Thursday 7th June at Cooke RFC, Shawsbridge Sports Complex, 123 Milltown Road, Belfast BT8 7XP.

7 Weeks to 7’s Rugby

Cooke RFC Womens Ashleigh Baxter takes part in the Olympic qualifiers in Dublin. Photo credit – Bob Given.

This programme is for females aged 18+

7 Weeks to 7’s Rugby will introduce beginners to rugby and will teach you all the skills you need to compete at the Midland Midnight 7s on 28th July in the Novice Women’s Sevens competition.

The Women’s Midnight 7s is sponsored by The Front Row Union this year who will bring their unrivaled tournament coverage to what is one of the most enjoyable 7s tournaments in Irish Rugby.

The programme is suitable for women who haven’t played rugby before, but players with some experience are also welcome to join. The activities will be lead by professional coaches but the emphasis will be on fun, fitness and friendship as you learn all the skills necessary to compete in one of the fastest growing women’s sports.

Players will be invited to stay after the programme and learn 15s rugby with the chance to play in the Ulster Development League in the 18/19 season.

The course has a one off registration fee of £10 which covers the whole 7 week programme.

Register for 7 Weeks to 7s Rugby here:

Give it a Try

Fun, friends and fitness key at Give it a Try!

This programme is for girls ages 10 – 14.

The Irish Rugby Football Union led programme introduces girls to rugby in a fun atmosphere and you will also get the chance to meet some of the Ireland Women’s Rugby players.

There’s no contact until week 4, so participants will build their skills and confidence and be introduced to contact rugby in a safe environment.

Again the emphasis will be on fun, fitness and friendship and the participants will have the chance to play in a regional blitz as well as a national blitz in Dublin in August.

No registration necessary – just turn up at 6.45pm on 7th June. £10 per player (All players will receive a training t -shirt.)

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