International Women’s Day is on the 8th March. This year’s theme is Choose to Challenge. This is choosing to challenge inequality and choosing to praise women’s achievements. People can commit to that and show their commitment by taking a selfie with one hand raised, like they’re swearing an oath.

To celebrate International Women’s Day I thought I would share some information about the process of women’s and girls’ rugby at Huddersfield RUFC. We launched the women’s training nights last year and although progress has been halted due to numerous lockdowns, we have had women training and expressions of interest from those thinking of training when rugby is back. Although the official launch of the girls’ training was delayed due to January’s lockdown, I am pleased to announce that both girls’ and women’s training will be starting at the club when lockdown eases. Watch this space for the exact date.

I’m excited to announce that the girls’ section has a sponsor. I am so pleased that Slaiyburn Financial Planning are supporting women’s and girls’ rugby. This gives the section a financial boost as well as knowing we have the support of the local community and businesses.

Our RFU supported Inner Warrior events will be rescheduled to later in Spring, when the national Inner Warrior programme resumes. Our plans for women and girls’ rugby at the club continues and I’m confident that we can engage women in rugby and I know that the club will make it a welcome environment for them. Just as I have been made to feel very welcome over the past few months. The aim with our training is to encourage anyone, at any level of fitness or knowledge, to come and give it a try. Even if they just want to use the sessions for social fitness, they’re always welcome at Huddersfield RUFC.

By Jess Bunyard

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