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Blog: We Are Women's Rugby

Largest Recruitment Pool

Term one was a busy, but successful term, with the club managing to recruiting over 41 new members. In the history of our club, this is our biggest number of recruits!

 

 

Charity, Volunteering And Campaigns

We began our term with bag packing in the local Tesco in Egham, raising money for the Anthony Nolan Charity in support of one of our team members who has been supported greatly by the charity over the last two years.

Alongside this, we also took part in hero week for the Anthony Nolan charity, where we dressed as superheroes for a training session.

Women's Rugby have also helped and attended swab drives for Anthony Nolan, ensuring our team says thank you to the charity for looking after and helping out a member of our team.

 

 

During our training sessions, we have also taken part in the mental health awareness day, where we spend 15 minutes of our session talking about mental health and why it was important.

We have also participated in UNIBoob by wearing our bras over our training kit while we train and speaking to our girls about how important it is for them to do monthly checks.

 

We offered our support for Women's Football's campaign #FemaleIsFierce through participation and asked our girls to write a statement about why sport has helped them as a female.

Women Rugby has also taken part in other charity and volunteering work, such as helping out in the Halls vs. Halls competition, helping to run a community day for primary schools and getting involved with the Big Give bake sale.

We have also helped the local community in Egham, assisting in the organisation of a charity fireworks night at The Foresters Arms.

Our most successful event was BEAR IT PINK. We ran an event selling pink socks to sports teams to wear during their BUCS games and ran a bakes sale. We managed to raise over £1,206 for Cancer Research UK.

 

So what's next? This term, we are running another bag packing day to raise money for the National Autistic Society. In addition, we are hoping to run another 24-hour passathon to raise money for the British Heart Foundation, after it's great success in the previous years.

We are also looking to get involved in the Draw A Line campaign, which looks at helping women who are or who have experienced violence against them and the One In Three campaign against sexual assault this term.

 

We Are A Team On And Off The Pitch

We play in two different leagues: BUCS 1A and LUSL Intermediate Premier. In the season so far, our girls have shown outstanding performances, which has resulted in us being at the top of both the LUSL and BUCS leagues.

We hope to continue this success this term, working and training as hard as we can to ensure that we retain our places at the top and, hopefully, score a double championship win from both leagues.

Our socials occur every Wednesday night, meaning we can bond as a club on and off the pitch. We're not limited to our standard socials - we also take part in joint socials, for example, in term one we joined with Lacrosse Club for an army themed social.

 

We think it's important to have non-alcoholic socials as well, so we organise activities outside of late-night events, such as quizzes and attending lectures such as the Career talks and talks about Mental Health in sport.

For this term, we have planned bigger and better socials, joint socials, film nights and quizzes for our girls to get involved in off the pitch.

 

TIFFANIE DAVIES
PRESIDENT OF ROYAL HOLLOWAY WOMEN'S RUGBY CLUB