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Barking and Dagenham students try out rugby

PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:36 06 March 2017

Students from Robert Clack School, the only non-beginners, improve their skills in a friendly match.

Students from Robert Clack School, the only non-beginners, improve their skills in a friendly match.

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Rain did not dampen spirits as nearly 200 girls tackled rugby for the first time.

Budding athletes from secondary schools across the borough headed to Barking Rugby Club on Friday to sample everything from passing to the art of scrums.

The 185 students aged 11 to 15 got their hands dirty as they learnt new skills and took part in a Q&A on social mobility and rugby.

Lissy Verrall, vice captain of event organisers London School of Economics’ Women’s Rugby Club, praised a “great” day at the Gale Street site in Dagenham.

“It went really really well, the girls had a great time,” explained the 20-year-old, who with fellow team members coached the girls on the basics of the game.

Lissy hopes the second LSE event in Dagenham will encourage more girls to take up the sport at the Barking Rugby Club’s Monday session.“As long as women’s rugby isn’t as high-profile as men’s we’ll keep putting on events like this,” she said.

Sessions cost £3 and run at Barking Rugby Football Club every Wednesdays at 7pm, with a social once a month. Contact Kieth on 07513 413576 for more details, or follow @BarkingRugby and @Kieth_Hughes on Twitter.


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