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Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, and Derbyshire rugby carnival arrives at Newark Rugby Club as nearly 200 girls compete

A pitch up and play (PUAP) carnival was held at Newark Rugby Club which saw almost 200 girls aged between 14 and 18-years-old compete in a well-organised and supportive environment.

The Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, and Derbyshire (NLD) event saw girls compete in under-12, under-14, under-16, and under-18 age categories.

The NLD run the PUAP carnivals monthly at different clubs from across the three counties to allow girls the opportunity to play rugby.

Nearly 200 girls took part in the NLD Carnival.
Nearly 200 girls took part in the NLD Carnival.

Newark was selected to hold the event because as one of the larger clubs in the NLD, they have the facilities to accommodate large numbers.

The club is also a fairly central location for most of the players who travel there which was why the event had the most attendees so far this season.

“It was an outstanding day, it was great to see so many girls playing,” said event organiser Sophie Hart.

One of the rugby teams warming up.
One of the rugby teams warming up.

“All of the girls were buzzing after and they left with smiling faces.”

Hart added that training for girls’ rugby is held at Newark Rugby Club on Thursday nights between 7pm and 8:30pm for anyone interested in participating.

!The future is bright for female rugby especially with the women’s rugby World Cup being held in England in 2025," she said.

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