The first fixture played by Goodwin Academy year 11 girls, against Dover Grammar School girls at Deal and Betteshanger RFC, was a positive step towards growing club rugby for girls in East Kent.

Community Rugby Coach Danny Vaughan and the Kent coaching team began delivering curriculum sessions to girls and boys at the academy last September as part of CBRE All Schools. The school had just joined the programme which has introduced and embedded rugby in 500 additional state secondary schools – impacting some 450,000 children’s lives.

Jo Cyman, Head of PE at Goodwin Academy, was delighted to see the girls playing a match against another school.

“They have really enjoyed becoming part of a team, working for each other, and seeing them playing was great.”

The CBRE All Schools programme is firming up links between the academy and Deal and Betteshanger RFC.

Says Danny:

“We are now running after school training for boys and girls at the club and the numbers of students attending have been high. Lots of students have joined the club and the next plan for us and Deal and Betteshanger.RFC is to start a girls’ section at the club to provide club rugby for local schools like Goodwin Academy and Dover Grammar School.”