The Women’s Rugby World Cup made an appearance at a special event in Sleaford designed to encourage more girls into the game.
The trophy, which earlier this year was won by the England national team, was on display at Sleaford Rugby Football Club last week as part of a drive by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to showcase the sport among young women.
More than 100 girls from eight schools in Lincolnshire travelled to the Ruskington Road club on Tuesday to take part in an under 13 and under 15 tournament.
Tim Schofield, committee member, said it was a ‘privilege’ to welcome the cup as part of the campaign from the RFU.
He said: “It’s to encourage girls to get into rugby. It’s not really a chosen sport of girls to move into. On the back of the England ladies winning the Rugby World Cup, they are trying to get girls into rugby at a school age.”
Participating schools were Kesteven and Grantham Girls School (under 15 winners), Birkbeck College and Community Arts College, in Louth, King Edward VI Academt, in Spilsby, John Whitgift Academy, in Grimsby, Priory Ruskin Academy, in Granthan, Thomas Cowley High School, in Donington, King Edward VI Grammar School. Louth and Kesteven and Sleaford High School (under 13 winners).
Any girls interested in joining Sleaford’s club, shold visit www.pitchero.com/clubs/sleafordrfc.