Recently they ran a food bank drive, Tins for Training, and also raised £250 from a bake sale for Conciliation Resources, an NGO working towards violent conflict resolution around the world. And they have more fundraising and volunteering opportunities planned.
They have also grown player numbers from 54 members last year to 69 this year, with 21 returning, 48 new players, and 38 girls completely new to full contact rugby.
This means they have been able to field two teams – one in BUCS 3B and one in the LUSL Intermediate league. Their first 15 team has been doing extremely well in their league and in a friendly against a team two leagues above won 39-24. Their This Girl Can event, running alongside O2 Touch, is helping to bring more players along.
They have also recently established a club link with Haringey Rhinos who have offered to have the university girls at their training sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays for no cost.
Said Jess Knapman: “Our link with Haringey Rhinos is working out perfectly! The Ladies’ team are extremely welcoming, and have allowed UCL STUDENTS LIVING RUGBY’S VALUES us to use their equipment for training, as well as inviting us along to some of their socials. Rugby at UCL has really grown for female students, and our main goals this year are to expand the sport and give back to the community as much as possible.”