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RUGBY UNION: Great turnout for girls development day

Spalding head coach George Reid led the first girls' development day as part of the RFU All Schools Programme at the new ground.

Since October, as part of the initiative to introduce rugby to all secondary schools, he has been working with Spalding Academy and Thomas Cowley High School to introduce and develop skills by running lunchtime and after-school clubs.

Spalding Academy
Spalding Academy

Reid said: “After working with Spalding Academy, we recognised that there were a lot of girls interested in the game and they needed an outlet.

"So we planned the development day, which was led by myself with Jess Lester from Spalding Academy, Peter Jullien and David Betteridge from the RFU helping.

"We had more than 40 girls come along with a lot more interested in participating in future.”

During the session, the girls from Year 7 to 10 completed several skill sessions and game-related play, culminating in full contact games.

Reid added: “I thought that the girls did brilliantly and really worked hard.

“There seems to be a good base for setting up a girls section at the club and I am sure that over the coming years both the school and club will benefit positively from the experience.”

Spalding Academy
Spalding Academy

There are plans to hold another development after Easter with Spalding Academy along with Thomas Cowley.

During the summer, the club are hoping to run touch games for girls and ladies across all age groups alongside their regular sessions.

Following on from the success of the boys' sessions at the new ground before Christmas, Reid has also been asked to run a development day for the year 7, 8 & 9 boys at Spalding Academy.

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