What could be more appropriate on International Women’s Day than the formal announcement of a brand new female sporting team?
The newly formed Golden Ferns will soon add considerable lustre to English rugby. The concept has been spearheaded by Forest of Dean dynamo Becca Addis who is thrilled at the prospect:

“Coming from a rugby family affiliated with the All Golds, there was no chance I would pass up the opportunity to join the club. The Golden Ferns are forming at such an exciting time, both for the club and women’s rugby league.”

So far a significant number of players with the right playing pedigrees have been recruited which is no surprise to All Golds’ director Julie Kent:

“The standard of female athlete in the West and South West of England is outstanding and we are confident a high quality performance Golden Ferns team will be assembled with the aim of reaching the top echelons of the women’s game nationally. “

The Golden Ferns will be the pinnacle of the pyramid pathway that encompasses the Golden Fern Cup for secondary schools scheduled for May 6 which will feature school sides at years 7 and 8 in this popular 9 aside tournament and the primary schools’ festival on July 7. The venue for all events is the excellent Churchdown School Gloucester. Thereafter the key is the creation of junior sides at various age groups both at the All Golds club, under the Golden Ferns name, and in the wider region. As with any organisation, success depends on the quality of personnel involved. In that regard the Golden Ferns are extremely fortunate to have the skills and knowledge of Becca. She has represented Gloucestershire at rugby union and is the current county girls’ under 18s coach and Cheltenham Tigers player. There is an air of excitement and anticipation as highlighted by Becca:

“The girls we have recruited so far will be massively suited for the big hits and skill of the game. The management have already been incredibly supportive and the potential for the women’s section is endless. I can’t wait to get my boots on and show the north how the south play!”

The whole concept has to work in tandem with the Rugby Football League and the support and guidance of Director of Participation and Development Marc Lovering and his colleagues are paramount and invaluable. Marc is fully aware of the significance of this development:

“We are delighted to hear about the emergence of the Golden Ferns. We have some ambitious plans to develop the Women and Girls’ game in the South of the Country and the Golden Ferns will be a huge part of that. It is an area we have identified as being rich in talent and I’m sure it won’t be too long before we have players from the West and South in an England Shirt.”

Outstanding athletes from all sporting disciplines are welcome to apply to become a Golden Fern info@allgoldsrugby.co.uk

Previous rugby experience of either code is not a requirement.

Training will commence at 6.45pm on Wednesday May 6 at the club headquarters – the well equipped and superb – St Peter’s Sports’ Centre Stroud Road Gloucester GL4 0DD, www.allgoldsrugby.co.uk

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