For years, coaches and clubs have been scratching their heads looking for the answer in how to increase girl’s participation in rugby. Lincolnshire teams have struggled to get full teams or even enough numbers to make training sessions worth while. A Newly created hub, the Lincs Baa Baa’s could hold the answer.
The Lincs Baa Baa’s will be a under 18’s girls rugby team made from all the current clubs in Lincolnshire with girls sides. This will create a full squad of girls, providing the opportunity for competitive games. Coaches Rob Perrins, Zoe O’Rourke and Neil Speechley will be running the sessions with guest coaches for speciality skills.
Coach Neil Speechley identified why a new team needed to improve Lincolnshire girls rugby, “Little pockets that can’t play result in limited player development and no critical mass to grow by bringing the girls together numbers mean more ability to train constructively and hope numbers grow and they return to home clubs eventually”
RFU rules state that girls must be registered with one of the Lincolnshire teams to join the hub. Girls will still be registered with their home club but play for Baa Baa’s. They will wear the BaaBaa’s rugby kit with their club socks as a respectful nod and link to their” home” club, much like the barbarians.
Manager, Jayne Bavin explains our aim of the Baa Baa’s is to improve girl’s rugby in Lincolnshire, “Volunteers will come together with RFU backing to promote and develop girls rugby and make it great for Lincolnshire and all the clubs, giving these committed girls more training and game play which will improve the player and enhance their personal development within a fantastic, fun, friendly, committed environment”
Club managers and coaches have big hopes for the Baa Baa’s, once the under 18’s has successfully taken off, they hope to be able to provide opportunities for more girls within Lincolnshire. for the U13’s and U15’s.
Training will take place at Sleaford Rugby Club 7pm-830 on Wednesday nights and Lincoln Rugby Club on Sundays 2-4 pm when there are no matches being played.
For more information contact: or Jayne Bavin 07791239018 Dawn smith 07545 894472