You Go Girls – Legacy Project School Delivery

Fri 7 Apr 2017 - posted by Stefanie Duffy

You Go Girls – Legacy Project School Delivery

 

The last Friday of term saw a group of 19 year 7 and 8 girls take to the field for the very first time as Sir Thomas Freemantle school hosted their first female rugby fixture ever. The match was a result of months of hard work from the schools PE staff and support from the Legacy project as well as Dan Pearson from Milton Keynes Rugby Club.

 

Over the last two terms, Legacy manager Ben Lawrence and MKRUFC Community Coach Dan Pearson have been attending the school every Friday to deliver curriculum lessons throughout the day, as well as lunch time and after school clubs. Working with over 130 girls across the year, the buy in from the school has been truly fantastic. “I have never been to a school where all the girls want to do is pick up a rugby ball,” said Ben Lawrence. “The enthusiasm and commitment from all of the girls here has made myself and Dan’s lives really easy. They have pushed us to teach them more about the game and that willingness to learn really is a coach’s dream.” The girls have gone from doing little rugby to being able to referee and manage their own touch games, construct 5 player scrums and competently tackle and ruck.

 

The opposition for the inaugural match was Royal Latin, a school that is consistently participating in rugby and at a good standard too, shown by their U18s boys side running out at Twickenham last week. Their girls side finished top of the pile at the county festival in March, so this was their development team, but still a strong side. Both sides played the game in the true spirit of rugby, and what was great to see from both teams was their willingness to get stuck in and tackle. The game finished Latin 45 Freemantle 20, a score even more impressive with Freemantle down 25-5 at half time, so an even score in the second half. It was a great performance from the girls witnessed by what felt like the whole school, a really great occasion, 30 plus smiling girls and two very proud coaches. 

 

The work done in Sir Thomas Freemantle is exactly the effect that the Legacy project is hoping to have on schools across MK. Working alongside the staff to enhance their rugby provision to get results like this, and to continue to build a strong partnership with Milton Keynes Rugby Club, who as always where a pleasure to work with. 

 

If you would like to be involved with the Legacy Project or want more information, contact Ben Lawrence: Ben.Lawrence@mkdonsset.com 

 

For more information about MKRUFC, visit http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/miltonkeynesrugbyunionfootballclub or contact Dan Pearson: danpearson@mkrufc.com 

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