Plymouth Albion Ladies RFC
Ladies community rugby club.
Plymouth Albion Ladies RFC was founded 25 years ago by a group of women who had just finished at a University in Plymouth. They had played a high level of rugby at University and were looking to continue this in the local area however there wasn't a community team at this standard so Albion Ladies was created. The club is run entirely of volunteers who are mainly players. We have a committee structure with roles such as Welfare Officer, Advisories, Fixture Secretary, Finance Secretary, Recruitment Officer and Club Captain; who ensure the club runs successfully and professionally so all involved can have the best experience possible We currently play in the South West Championship 2 League which requires a big commitment from players as we train for two hours every Tuesday and play games on a Sunday. Most of our away games take us to London which see us leaving at 6 in the morning and returning at 11pm that 23 ladies commit to. The club is a social club that creates a family atmosphere which is the reason for our success. We want to ensure that there is the opportunity for any female in the area to be able to participate in rugby if wanted and the additional funding will assist with this.
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
The way Plymouth Albion Ladies was set up has inspired us to think about not only our rugby club but the other local Ladies teams as well. We want as many females to be able to access rugby as possible and believe if we work closer with the other clubs we can achieve this. The clubs within the area all play in different standards in the leagues and using the money from Skipton we would like to great a clear advertising pathway so individuals have a better understanding of the offer within the area. This would include, training times, address and contact information. Players can also be duel signed so will be able to play up a level when ready and down if needed. Being able to combine our services and offer will help with a community feel and bring the clubs closer together. We also believe females will have a better experience and will be more likely to play for the team that is at the right standard however also have opportunities to progress. If each team has a minimum of 40 players we could assist over 120 individuals as well as many more over the years. Coaching sessions, socials could be combined and we believe this project could even be an example model in years to come.
"Being able to play both University and Club rugby at the same time has really improved me as a player as well as my experiences in the local community. The fact there is such a strong link has made the transition easy and I've been able to experience more of the local area by belonging to a community team which I am grateful for. 'Molly Hann, Marjon University Student'"