Girls Development Centres come together at

Following the hard work of players and coaches alike over the last 10 weeks at the three girls rugby development centres across Ospreylia, all participants will come together at Llandarcy next week for a special event open to all girls aged 11-15.

The three centres at Bridgend, Neath and Swansea have been introduced to try and encourage the development of women's and girls rugby, the aim being to provide regular, quality coaching which will encourage player development into local U18 and senior club rugby.

Player Development and Participation Officers from the Ospreys Community Development team have worked alongside club coaches from each District to deliver weekly sessions as they looked to create a sustainable future for women’s rugby in the region.

The three centres were launched in April and have actively targeted girls between the ages of 11-13, initially via the secondary school Atomic Touch programme run by the Participation Officers, with  the sessions allowing interested youngsters to try their hand at rugby and to gain access to quality coaching.

The one-off event at Llandarcy will take place on Monday 30th July, getting underway at 4.30pm and featuring all participants from the three centres, and is also open to other young girls interested in getting involved and playing rugby regularly.

Tom Cole, Ospreys Player Development Officer, said:

“This special event is a culmination of all the hard work put in by the girls at the three development centres over the last 10 weeks and everybody is looking forward to visiting Llandarcy and enjoying an evening of rugby at the home of the Ospreys.

“As well as the girls who have been attending the three centres, it is also a chance for other youngsters to come along and try out rugby for themselves.”

Womens rugby was extremely successful within the Ospreys region last season, winning the Regional Senior Cup with 3/3 wins and the U18's winning 2/4 plus a convincing win against a Canadian touring side. The region also provided five senior internationals for this years Six Nations.