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Team of the month award for Peterborough's Rugby Club Junior Girls

Peterborough Rugby Club’s under-15 Girls side has won the first Insurewise PRUFC Junior Team of the Month Award.  
Team of the month award for Peterborough's Rugby Club Junior Girls

They were chosen to reflect their contribution to club life which has included several of their players regularly helping coach the youngest boys’ teams on Sunday mornings ahead of their own matches on Sunday afternoons.  

Parents of the players in that team have also set up a kit-exchange programme at the Fengate club and also volunteer to run the bar for both boys’ teams’ matches as well as their own.  

Announcing the award on Tuesday, Age Grade (Junior) chairman Eddie Smith also heaped praise on the side for rallying around to send a get-fit soon card to an injured opponent, before the coaching team had even had the opportunity to encourage them to do so.  

Head coach Ian Smith said: “This is really a fantastic bunch of girls who’ve developed the most wonderful team spirit. We’ve only been beaten by two other clubs in 15 matches so far this season and can’t wait to get started in the National Cup campaign.”  

The girls travel to Ipswich for that in a couple of weeks’ time in a bid to follow in the footsteps, or even better the record, of the club’s previous under-15s teams, who have reached the National Cup quarter finals twice in the last five seasons.  

Sponsor Neil McCulloch of Insurewise, a former Peterborough player, presented the team with their trophy and a couple of rugby balls and said: “The spirit of rugby really shines through strongly in this bunch of players. It’s tremendous to see.”  

The Girls’ Academy at PRUFC also has under-18, under-13 and under-11 teams, who all train on Tuesday evenings in addition to having Sunday matches.  

Manager of the teams, Simon Potter added: “Our doors are always open to anyone who’d like to try rugby. We make the whole thing an experience rather than just a sport and organise a lot for the players such as being flag bearers as the England team beat New Zealand at Northampton at the weekend. We bring in professional players to do coaching sessions for the girls and put on all sorts of other activities.”  

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