Saturday 4 October 2003 say the first ever of this season's London Regional Development Days for girl's Rugby. Held at Kingston Warriors ground, 43 U16 and U18 girls enjoyed learning and developing skills which will stand them in good stead for the games ahead of them. Arranged by England U19 Coach and Harlequin Ladies Captain Sam Marshall, 10 coaches helped to tailor the sessions to the girls' skill levels.
Players came from Harlequins, Beckenham, Camberley, Sidcup, Richmond, James Allen Girls School and Southwark Tigers. The 4 hour training and development session kicked off with a warm up with Gary Street, Head Coach of the RFUW England Academy. This was followed by a tag rugby which led to ball handling skills, managing contact, rucking, mauling and finally a game to put these skills into use.
Organiser Sam Marshall stated that, "The day had been a complete success as knowledge was imparted to girls ranging from complete beginners to England U19 players."
Harlequins U18 winger, Sophie Hill commented, "We learned a great deal about spatial awareness which will help the backs score tries! Playing games of touch rugby before and after the skills coaching helped us to see our improvement immediately."
Sarah Linton from Beckenham later remarked, "It's been a really good day. Coaches communicated well, correcting errors and breaking down skills so that we could understand things easily."
There will be another session on Saturday 8 November 2003 at Beckenham Rugby Club, Balmoral Avenue, Beckenham, Kent at 9.30am. For further details, contact Sam Marshall on 07775 954 478.
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