Following a successful First Steps to Coaching course for female teachers in Buckinghamshire in September, 23 attended Rugby Ready and Scrum Factory courses in November.

Many of the teachers are new to the game and, having built confidence through the training, they are now hoping to engage with more girls playing rugby in their schools while progressing to a Level 2 course at the end of the season.

The training programme, in conjunction with LEAP, Bucks & Milton Keynes County Sports Partnership, is supporting the work of Local Rugby Partnerships in the county, led by Clare Cooper, with the aim of growing the girls’ game in clubs. And courses were delivered by Hannah Edwards, a great role model, who will be continuing with further CPD sessions for the teachers and development days for the girls on the new artificial grass pitch at Aylesbury over the next few months.