Newark Rugby Club have relaunched their women’s team and are providing safe training to those who want to play the game
A drive to resurrect women's rugby in the area is going from strength to strength with more players turning up every week.
Newark Rugby Club has, historically, always had a girl's section and has put out women's teams in the past.
A women's team is now back on the field and they are encouraging more women to come down and try their hand at the game of rugby.
In 2015/16, under current head coach Mark Dobb, and after a big recruitment drive by the section, the Newark girls had massive success as National under-15s Champions.
In 2017/18 the under-18 Girls were national finalists.
The success of these teams raised the profile of girls rugby at the club and within the region.
"It is a great way for women to build fitness, experience the camaraderie of a close-knit team, make friends, and most importantly have fun," said Mark Dobb.
Newark has had many girls gain regional honours with club members playing for Midlands and the Loughborough Lightning Centre of Excellence.
Several girls have also represented England from Jess Weaver at junior
level and England senior sevens, Lucy Weaver at under-18s, and Maddie Coy at junior sevens.
The current women’s section began in March, with training sessions being held on a Wednesday night.
Numbers are increasing each week and the section is entered into the Inner Warrior league, which aims to introduce new teams into competitive rugby.
The players consist of total novices to the game to players who have experience.
Training for the women's squad is held at Kelham Road every
Wednesday between 7-8.30pm.
"Our message is clear," said Ian Gooden the head of women's rugby at the club.
"We welcome all women who want to enjoy rugby.
"Whether you are an experienced player, a lapsed player, or someone who has been inspired to play for the first time after watching the Red Roses, we have a place in our squad for you.
“Our existing team comes in all sizes, ages, and fitness levels too.
"We have a great team of experienced and qualified coaches who will put in place a plan to get every player match-ready.
"Safety is really important, so we’ll take new players at a pace that gives you confidence in your technical ability.
"Only when you are ready will you be exposed to full contact rugby.
"For more experienced players we’ll organise activities that will develop and challenge your existing skills."
To encourage women to try the game, the club are offering the chance to attend the first three training sessions for free, and senior women's fees will be reduced for the 2023/2024 season.
The first competitive game is scheduled for Sunday, January 14, 2024, and the club said they hope to play a series of friendly development games beforehand.