Good luck to West Leeds RUFC Under-15 girls who will play their first match this Sunday 22nd October against Wheatley Hills U15s girls, kick off 11am kick off at Bluehill Lane.

This is a huge success story for the Yorkshire Carnegie Community team who helped form the team through the Premier Rugby programme, ‘Project Rugby’ which encourages more girls to play rugby.

The pilot programme commenced in March and has seen girls attend regular training sessions and West Leeds have now attracted enough players to form their first girls U15s team.

Project Rugby is a joint initiative between Premiership Rugby and England Rugby designed to increase participation in the game by people from traditionally underrepresented groups.

The girls started attending training sessions with the club in April and after taking a break over the Summer returned to training in September

Training has been led by Emma Lawson from the West Leeds with support from the Yorkshire Carnegie community team and the RFU central team.  The sessions have also had support from Carnegie first team players.

Before the game there will be a minute’s silence in honour of Sandal player Brooke Firth who sadly passed away last week and a collection will be sent over to Brooke’s family.

The girls will also be playing in pink socks in recognition of Breast Cancer awareness month.

Andy Fradgeley, RFU Community Rugby Coach said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the girls and the coaches at West Leeds.

“We have been working closely with Yorkshire Carnegie to provide support to the coaches and volunteers in terms of upskilling them to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible. Our aim is to create a sustainable team which can continue for years to come”

Lisa McCann, Head of Community for Yorkshire Carnegie added:
“We are delighted to be involved with Project Rugby and this has demonstrated the potential of the project. We very proud of the fact that this is one of the first teams to be formed out of the initiative.

Sam Kerry, Rugby Development Coach for Yorkshire Carnegie added:
“The progression from the first session when two girls attended has been incredible. The West Leeds girls and coaches have worked incredibly hard and have been dedicated throughout. This progression has been supported throughout by the RFU central team and I am sure that the team will continue to grow over the coming months”.