First an inaugural Development Academy for junior girls… then an inaugural Under Schoolgirls XV, and a debut appearance at a national carnival…
It’s been a busy time for South Australia’s up-and-coming female rugby union players!
The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing has been right behind the initiatives, giving Rugby Union SA a $36,000 grant to help it launch its new Women’s Development Program.
The program has its sights set on building the profile of rugby union among South Australia’s girls, and laying a solid foundation for future success.
Extra coaching is a key feature, as is conditioning (including personal development, nutrition and recovery).
The first steps under the program were taken earlier this year, with the launch of the Development Academy: six weekly sessions were held across a number of clubs, promoting the game, identifying talent, and passing on some of the fundamentals of rugby union.
Twenty-three girls aged 15 to 18 were then selected for the first SA Under 18 Schoolgirls XV team.
The team performed admirably, even notching up its first win.
Just as important though was the time out on the field, playing the game at a top level, and improving skills, knowledge and understanding of the game, and confidence (not to mention getting used to the physicality of national-level competition!).
All eyes are now on an even better showing at next year’s competition – and the continued development of the game among South Australia’s girls.
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