This week is This Girl Can Week, the Sport England and National Lottery funded campaign to get more women active. At BHRL, we think it’s so important to build up the women’s game as well as the men’s – we’ve already spoken publicly about our women’s team being equally important as our men’s.
As our first season is well underway, we wanted to share some of our successes so far, as well as some of our plans for women’s sport going forward!
Women’s Open Trial Session
To coincide with This Girl Can Week, we’re hosting a Women’s Open Trial Session on Saturday 19th June. If you’ve never played Rugby League before and want an introduction to the sport, this is the perfect opportunity!
We’re using it as the first chance for women to try the sport before playing a couple of fixtures in July.
The RFL recently announced the creation of the Super League South – the top division for women’s Rugby League in the South of England and Wales with a full competitive structure to follow.
RLWC 2021 Grant
We received a grant for the RLWC which included kit and equipment for both men’s and women’s teams, meaning that the women’s team have their own kit and equipment from day 1. The grant allows us to offer the 2021 season free of cost to players!
Friends of Hove Rugby Award
We were also fortunate to receive an award from the Friends of Hove Rugby, which will allow us to pay for transport for an away fixture this year. Given that the closest opposition are in London, with the next nearest teams in places like Bedford, Oxford, Bath and Bristol, we thought it was important to secure funding to ensure that players wouldn’t be out of pocket for travel expenses, as well as creating a great away-day experience for the team.
We’re extremely fortunate to have two female coaches with the club, one of whom has been offered a fully funded RFL training programme, including level 2 qualification with a view to being invited to the RFL Women’s Leadership programme in 2022.
Not sure if Rugby League is for you?
One of our players had this to say…
Growing up in a small town, there weren’t a lot of opportunities to try sports outside of school, but I hated PE. I always thought I wasn’t a “sporty” person. Contact sports allow me to feel strong and powerful on the pitch and have given me a massive friendship group off the pitch.
Rugby League is so different from most of the sports that women are encouraged to do – a sport that challenges you to be stronger. We’ve found that a lot of women who have traditionally not enjoyed solo exercise or individual sports have thrived in a team environment.
Our coaches have a lot of experience coaching women, in a variety of sports and at a variety of levels, from beginner all the way to representative standard. If you’d like to try Rugby League, you’re in safe hands!
Contact us now by filling in the form below to see how you can get involved!