Since Caroline Towndrow from West Bridgford RFC and Marie Chaston from Nottingham Moderns RFC decided to combine their girls sections, player numbers have grown, the number of games played have increased and more age groups are getting involved.
They realised that combining their considerable coaching experience, as well as having the backing from both of their clubs and the NLD, would create a much stronger base for a girls rugby squad to thrive.
Jo Batten, a former player, has also joined the coaching team and her enthusiasm has been beneficial to the squad already.
So, South Notts Sapphires Girls Rugby was created. The name was decided by the girls themselves and Marie and Caroline were happy to go with it.
Marie managed to secure great sponsorship deal from Clifton Bidding Bargain Page, a Facebook bidding page, especially created to raise money for local charities and groups.
This has meant that new playing shirts and training tops will be available at the beginning of next season – and will include a new logo to give the girls’ rugby section its own identity.
“We will have a barbarian attitude to socks so the girls will continue to wear the socks from their original club,” said Caroline.
“It’s great that a local business wants to see girls getting involved in sport, especially rugby.
“Sport is so important for growing confidence in girls today and hopefully CBB will enjoy watching the continued growth at South Notts Sapphires during the season.”
The girls are looking forward to pre-season training to get themselves ready for new season and matches and they can’t wait to get their new shirts muddy.
Training and matches will alternate between member clubs. Venues, matches and locations will be confirmed. Other clubs are also welcome to join South Notts Sapphires.