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Piranhas for Girls

By John Swanson

Piranhas for Girls

Piranhas invite Peeblesshire Primary aged girls to come and try a free rugby taster session
A squad of Peeblesshire’s youngest rugby prospects are celebrating International Women’s Day this week (Friday 8th March) by calling on more girls to take on the boys and get a taste for rugby.
Primary 1s Lindsey Boyd, Sadie Fleming, Jess MacRae and Annie Moore along with Nancy Thomson (Primary 3) and Alice Williams (Primary 5) teamed up last Sunday to show that girls are every bit a match for the boys when it comes to mini-rugby.
The Peeblesshire pupils are fast developing into a talented team but often find themselves outnumbered by the boys. They are inviting girls, and boys, to take advantage of a free taster session and hope that more girls will get hooked on rugby like them.
Over 160 Peebles Piranhas train every Sunday morning. P1 and P2 are currently indoors at the High School, 9–10am. P3-P7 are outdoors at Haylodge 10.00-11.15am. Mini-rugby, also known as New Image Rugby, focuses on developing the fundamental skills with controlled contact introduced from Primary 4 onwards.

Piranhas Head Coach, Mark Thomson said:
“Rugby is a great way for girls and boys to have fun, learn new skills like teamwork and make lifelong friends. We are delighted to be offering free taster sessions for every girl and boy who want to have a go at rugby. Aligned to the 4 core values of Peebles Rugby, every child should have the opportunity to develop, enjoy, compete and achieve in a positive, supported environment."

Former Scotland Women’s Rugby International, Kate McMillan, is backing the squad's call for more girls to try the sport. She said:
“Rugby is a great game for both girls and boys. Playing rugby has given me some fantastic experiences and has enabled me to forge great friendships. I’ve had the chance to travel around the world to places including Australia, Singapore and closer to home in Europe. It is such as shame that many girls never even get the chance to pick up a rugby ball. I didn't start playing until i was 18 but wish that i had been able to play earlier. I hope that these free tasters sessions will encourage more girls to give rugby a try.

Primary aged boys and girls interested in a free taster session can come along any Sunday morning. To find out more please email

Updated 19:08 - 5 Mar 2019 by Neil Clark

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