Girl’s rugby festival success in Borders and East Lothian

A Border girl’s rugby festival was held last Friday (1 November) at Netherdale in Galashiels as part of a drive to identify talented players for this season various fixtures and the Brewin Dolphin competitions.

Netherdale girl's rugby festivalSimultaneously, a similar event took place in Tranent, serving the same purpose. Across the two festivals over 140 girls turned out to take part.

Scottish Rugby’s women’s and girl’s development manager, Sarah Quick, said: “Girl’s rugby in the schools in the Borders and East Lothian is going really well due to the hard work of our women’s and girl’s development coordinator Iain Park and our modern apprentice Gabby Jackson, with the strong support of the school staff.

“These two events highlight this with over 140 girls taking part in rugby on one day. On the back of these tournaments we look to get the girls regularly playing for local rugby clubs to develop more sustainable girl’s rugby in the Borders and East Lothian, which will in turn support the future of senior women’s rugby in the region.”

Players from towns across the regions, including Hawick, Selkirk, Gala, Peebles, Jedburgh, Kelso, Eyemouth, Earlston, Haddington, Tranent, Prestonpans and Dunbar took part in round robin touch tournaments at under-18 and under-15 level in the morning.

Women’s and girl’s development coordinator and Langholm development officer, Park, said: “In the morning session at Gala coaches were impressed with some of the handling skills and running lines and identified several promising players. 

“For the second half of the day the girls were split into groups with those wanting to play contact rugby forming two teams at each age group and playing two full contact games. Again the coaches were very impressed with the skills of the girls and some of the tackling was extremely good.

“Further training sessions will now be arranged for the girls and three teams, from the Borders, are to enter this season’s Brewin Dolphin competition which is very encouraging as last season they only had one team at Langholm.

“Thanks to all the development officers who helped run the day and to the schools and their staff for supporting the event.”