THE call is going out to women across Cork to take up a new sport this autumn.
In a week that marked the one-year anniversary of the Irish women’s rugby team’s historic win over the All Blacks at last summer’s World Cup in France, Highfield Rugby Club is looking to recruit females of all shapes, sizes and abilities to take up the oval ball – or at least to give it a try.
On Saturday coming, August 15, the club will host an open day at its pitches in Woodleigh Park, Bishopstown, welcoming any females who are looking to try a new sport to stay fit over the coming months, or anyone who is willing to take themselves out of their comfort zone.
TAKE UP A NEW SPORT
At a time when there’s a big push on the international stage for women to take up a sport, with the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign in the UK for example, the IRFU and Highfield RFC are also putting the call out there with their ‘Give It A Try’ campaign.
‘This Girl Can’ is a celebration of active women who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look, or even how red their face gets, and with Highfield RFC’s open day, here’s a chance to savour and flavour a little rugby.
The open day will take place from 2-3.30pm, and there’ll be a fun taster session. During the afternoon, players will have a chance to experience all aspects of the game, from lineouts, tackling, passing, scrummaging, rucking and much more.
Speaking on behalf of Highfield RFC, PRO Nicola Scully said: “We’re looking for players of all different ability levels with different aims, whether its for social reasons or with the aim to play with Ireland some day, we’ll gladly welcome anyone with open arms.
“We’re a very easy-going group and Saturday will be the ideal opportunity for anyone who wants to either try something different or take up a new sport, to come along and get a feel for the game.”
FIJI TEAM TO STAR AT OPEN DAY
Also on the day, Highfield will host the Daveta sevens rugby team from Fiji, who were winners of last year’s World Club 7s held in Limerick.
“The Fijian side will be there to play exhibition games, and they’ll also pass on some coaching tips to the underage players, or anyone who goes along to watch, so there should be a great atmosphere on the day,” Nicola added.
Not only will it be a great opportunity for those in attendance to watch the exhibition games, there’s a chance to meet and have a chat with the new head coach of Highfield’s senior women’s team, Laura Guest.
Guest is a former Irish international rugby player, who has played in three rugby World Cups, including at last year’s campaign in France, and with 36 international caps under her belt, she’s the right woman to answer any questions.
Pre-season training commenced
at 7.30pm at the clubhouse, and after that training sessions will be held every Monday and Wednesday evening at 7.30pm, before the opening game of the season kicks off on Sunday, September 20, when the team travel away to Old Belvedere in Dublin. Their first home game will take place in Woodleigh Park on September 27 against St Mary’s at 1pm.
For more details on Saturday’s open day, contact Nicola Scully by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or alternatively message them on Facebook or on Twitter @HighfieldRFC.