NEW PLAYERS WELCOME
Girls’ and women’s rugby is one of the fastest growing female sports and it continues to grow across the country following the continued success of the England Women’s team The Red Roses, who made the final of the Rugby World Cup in 2022. Joining Tunbridge Wells RFC Ladies is a great way to get active and try a new sport, meet new people and to become part of a thriving and friendly team. It is also part of a connected girls rugby section who show support and encouragement across all age groups. We pride ourselves on welcoming new players into our club, whether you have never picked up a rugby ball before, to having years of experience – we will look after you!
Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club Ladies Section comprises both youth and ladies teams, boasting around 100 players from age 10 to adult playing week in and week out in friendly and competitive leagues, tournaments and cups. The teams cover U12 (years 6 and 7), U14 (years 8 and 9), U16 (years 10 and 11), U18 (years 12 and 13) and a Ladies first XV (age 18+).
We have coaches at every age group with many years of experience of both playing rugby and coaching rugby, including coaches who have played representative rugby at county, regional and international level.
Some key achievements since the ladies section was created in 2014:·
- Our first season saw our newly created U13 come runner up in the Kent Sevens;
- 2015-2016 & 2016-2017 saw our U18 win Area Trophies;
- 2017-2018 saw our U15 going to National Cup Semi-Finals;
- 2018-2019 the U18 had a great run winning the Kent League, Cup & Sevens and the U13s won the Kent Plate competition·
- 2021-2022 saw the U15 come back from the Lockdowns with an exciting & definitive Kent Cup win, a National Cup Quarter Final and coming second in the Kent league, missing out by only 1 point.
Finally, after many years of trying we finally put out a Women’s Team in the 2022 Kent Sevens, playing 3 games against other new sides. Following their first competitive run-out, with mud on their faces and aching muscles, they confirmed their love for the game and have moved up to playing in the 2022-2023Allianz Inner Warrior League.
The Women’s 1XV currently have c25 players from 20 to 50+ all enjoying their rugby, but need more!
We boast an enviable number of players who have played at county, representative and national level. In 2021, this includes 12 players currently in the U16 Kent Squad (and in the England Rugby Player Development Programme) and 4 players in the U18 Kent Squad. We have 3 ex-players signed up to play in the Women’s Premiership and in the England set-up, with numerous others having continued rugby beyond our club into university and other national teams.
We also encourage our players to develop as players and as people –for example, supporting them to achieve Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards, encouraging them to get their coaching and refereeing badges, volunteering with younger age groups at the club and taking part in the Kent wide Rugby Project – preparing them for life and also adding to UCAS forms and job applications!
Fun, Fun, Fun!
And on top of all of that, we make sure that we have lots of time to have fun together as teams and also involving parents, guardians and siblings.
We have toured for 4 years to Bournemouth, Bath/Bristol, Leicester and Cardiff – with a further exciting tour planned for 2023. Giving the teams the chance to experience rugby at its best as well as bonding and making new friends. In 2022 we had 107 tourists – 70 players and 37 coaches and parents enjoying the fun.
To support the tour we do a number of fundraising activities for the teams and parents – including quizzes, wine/gin tasting, raffles and auctions – really creating the team and community spirit!
We have also had visiting coaches from Premiership teams and the Red Roses past and present as well as being star guests at our awards evenings. And we also regularly take the teams to live matches.
What more could you ask for?
If you are interested in getting involved either as at player (at any age), a coach or any other voluntary role, please contact SIMON PARSONS on 07753 933036 or LADIES@TWRFC.COM
All players welcome from 10 to Adult, whether you have experience or not – COME AN’ ‘AVE A GO!!
Training continues on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 (July onwards) and Sunday mornings depending if we have a match.#COYW!
Director of Women & Girls Rugby
Women’s 1XV Lead Coach
U18 Girls Lead Coach
U16 Girls Lead Coach
U14 Girls Lead Coach
U12 Girls Lead Coach