A coach who wants her daughter to be able to carry on playing rugby is setting up her own team for girls.
Marie Chaston, originally from Clifton, is starting her own branch of the Nottingham Moderns Rugby club in Wilford just for girls.
Currently there is no team for girls at the club which her 11-year-old daughter Charlotte has played at since she was seven, and Marle is now determined to not only help her, but get more and more women want to get involved in the game.
The 36-year-old childminder registration officer from Gotham believes the time is right for more women’s rugby, particularly because of the England women’s success.
She said: “I think that attitudes are changing with the increase in popularity of the women’s game. It is in the main stream and becoming more acknowledged as a sport that women can play.
“It will take time to get there. But if you look at what women’s football has done in 15 or 20 years, there is no reason why that can’t be the same for rugby.”
Marie explained that Rugby Football Union’s rules state girls and boys after the age of 12 cannot longer play together because of the change in strength as they go through puberty.
Alongside coach Jo Batten, a primary school teacher from West Bridgford, the pair held a taster session last month in September at Nottingham Moderns Rugby club in Main Road, Wilford and welcome women players of all ages and abilities.
Marie’s daughter, Charlotte, said: “I like rugby because it is competitive, rough and anyone can play it.
“I am really excited about the new team because I won’t have to move clubs, I’d be very sad if I had to move.”