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Here Come The Girls!

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Funded by Sport England and in association with local club Old Northamptonians, coaches from the Saints have been at local schools; Malcolm Arnold, Elizabeth Woodville, Northampton School for Girls, Moulton School, Abbeyfield and Caroline Chisolm for the past few weeks, leading full contact sessions for under-15s.

The scheme has already helped to boost the turnout at ONs training on a Monday evening and the club are hoping that more girls between the ages of 11 and 18 will become involved as part of the initiative.

Saints community officer Ben Mann has been leading the sessions and believes it has certainly been a worthwhile venture.

"Rugby is obviously a male dominated sport, so to see so much interest from the girls has been great," he said. "A lot of them are new to the game, so it is good to see them learning and enjoying something new and also the progression some of them are making into our local club Old Northamptonians.

"That said, we believe there are plenty more girls out there who have not yet tried rugby, so hopefully we will go from strength to strength over these next few weeks."

Brian Juffkins, Head Coach of the girls section at Old Northamptonians, has also been delighted with the uptake.

"It is great to have the Northampton Saints involved to get more girls playing rugby," he added. "As the only rugby club in Northampton with teams for girls we welcome any girls between 11 and 18 to come along and join the fun. "Here Come The Girls" is a great way to get girls interested."

The initiative culminates in a inter school tournament and there will also be a two day Academy during the Easter Holidays at the Old Northamptonians.

For more information on here come the girls or to try your hand at rugby with a local club, email [email protected]

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