Wed 4th February saw the Women’s Rugby World Cup come to Sussex, and the County celebrated by holding the first Sussex Schools and Colleges Touch Rugby Event.
Played at Waterhall 3G Pitch, against the back drop of Brighton Rugby Club, the sun was shining, with a brisk cold breeze! Six teams from all over the county came to compete. Millais, Steyning, Felpham, Worthing High, Durrington, and a special guest team Davison’s Alumni all competed in either the U18 or U15 section.
The day was played in great spirits and with the RFU’s core values Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship seen throughout. The eventual winners of the U15s were Steyning Grammar School and the U18s were Davison’s Alumni.
“It was great to see so many girls come out and support the legacy of the England Women’s World Cup Success in France” said Sussex Girls Educational Coordinator Mark Rugman. “Hopefully this tournament was the start of something new for the 30+ girls in attendance; perhaps to further their journey on the rugby pathway or start up the game”. Louise Meadows, the Women’s Rugby Development Officer, also concluded “With the Women’s Rugby Cup happening again in 2017, this could be the starting point of some of the girls careers into the England team who will be defending their trophy”.
Special thanks goes to the team managers who brought the girls to the event, especially the help of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence girls at Worthing College, who kindly dedicated their own time in running and refereeing the event.