Inspiring & developing girls' rugby
Since its launch, SWITCH has engaged with hundreds of girls including 203 attending the Girls’ rugby roadshow in February 2019. Two brand new girls school rugby teams have also been created.
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Harlequin Ladies Involvement
Players from our Senior Women’s Team are key role models for the girls the Switch Programme empowers. They regularly make player and guest coach appearances as they help inspire the next generation of Harlequins Players.
In our most recent Harlequins Switch Roadshow a number of key players turned their hands to coaching: Harlequins Ladies and England U20 fly-half Ellie Green at Worthing RFC, Harlequins Ladies and Ireland front rower Leah Lyons at Pulborough, winger Ellie Miles at Wimbledon, 1st XV hooker Davinia Catlin at Old Reigatians and former Wales International Rebecca Rowe at Chobham. Racheal Burford, Harlequins Ladies Club Captain attended the entire Roadshow, making guest appearances at all 5 clubs.
Head of Foundation Marc Leckie said: “It’s fantastic to have these players on board with us for our first edition of the SWITCH Roadshow.
“ It is a brilliant programme that introduces young women to the sport, encouraging fun, enjoyment and the opportunity to transition into local clubs and perhaps even Harlequins Ladies. We are all hopeful that in the next few years some of the girls who have participated in SWITCH will end up running out at The Stoop.
“No matter what their level of ability, the Roadshow is a brilliant opportunity for girls to come down and learn from some of the best players in the game, and I am so excited to see how many have already booked on to what will be a fantastic week”.