Women in Rugby Bilingual Tournament est un grand succes!

On the last Friday of half-term Ark Academy held their first Bilingual Rugby Tournament. 110 girls from across Brent came to celebrate rugby, with the introduction of the Winston Churchill International Lycee bringing a French twist to the event.

Sterling renditions of the English and French National Anthems were followed by an awesome afternoon’s worth of touch-rugby. Six Year 10 teams competed in the Under 15 tournament: including 18 Ark girls – none of whom had played more than 20 minutes of rugby with Mr Edmondson in their PE lesson! Their opponents were CCA, Swaminarayan, and Winston Churchill.

Excited player Faith said: 'We won 3-0 against Alperton High school and the game went well. It's not really that difficult at the moment but I think as the later rounds go on, it will be harder. I enjoy playing Rugby because it gives everyone a chance to work as a team and I like being outside in the sunshine and running around. I like it as a sport as it has less rules than other sports so you get to be a bit more free on the pitch.'

Not to be bested, a high quality 4 team tournament for the Under 13s included Ark, CCA, Preston Manor and Alperton.

With 7 aside rugby due to be introduced at the Rio Olympics this Summer, the girls were treated to a Brazilian Samba Band performance during the interval with Mr Hazledine, and served brioche and oranges at half time – a real French-English fusion!

In the Under 15 tournament, the Winston Churchill school were fuelled by patriotic spirit to win the event, whilst at Under 13, some phenomenal rugby saw Capital City run out the winners.

We were even blessed with the presence of Rugby Royalty, as Serge Betsen, 2x World Cup semi-finalist with France, attended the event to show his support for the French team!

As part of a plan to encourage the young ladies to do more physical activity outside of school, Ark teamed up with Kilburn Cosmos RFC who invited all the attendees to train with their women’s team on Sundays. Paul Quinn of KCRFC said “It’s another feather in your cap, this is the first ever organised women’s rugby event in Brent schools’ history!”

Mr Edmondson said: “I was so, so impressed with all the girls today. To have over 100 girls take part in the event – many of who had never played rugby for – is a testament to the girls’ willingness to try something new and give it a go!

The real power of this event was how enthusiastic all the girls have been. There was real skill demonstrated from some complete beginners. I’m really pleased for the year 10 girls who had never competed for the school in a sport before, it just goes to show even age 15 you can still try something new and enjoy it”.

Thanks to all the other schools who took part and made the afternoon so much fun, and of course to Kilburn Cosmos RFC and the legend that is Serge Betsen!