Sale Sharks Community Trust held a Sale Sharks Ladies Day on Sunday 16th August which was open to all females aged 18 years old or above who wanted to improve their rugby playing skills.
The day attracted over 40 players with local clubs teams from Chester Devas, Didsbury Toc H, Garstang, Preston, Sefton, Southport and Universities teams from Salford, Liverpool Hope and Queens Belfast represented on the day.
Sharks first team players Tom Brady & Josh Beaumont came along and passed on their tips to the players.
The day comprised of several training stations such breakdown area, set pieces, principles of attack and decision making followed by a game at the end.
Those attending certainly enjoyed themselves. Craig Hamilton of Chester Devas attended to gain some Coach Education: "it is good to see the girls smiling in training, which is extremely positive to take from the day as enjoyment is one of Rugby Union's Core Values."
Clare Condron from Sefton Ladies spoke about how Josh gave her a few pointers coming into the upcoming season: "The day was really well organised, I've recently moved from playing centre to 8 and struggled technically, during the Sharks Ladies Day, Hendre and Vicky really explained the break down to a high standard which was very easy to understand.
"I spoke to Josh Beaumont about controlling the ball from 8, Josh was excellent and so approachable. It was great to have someone like Josh down to support the day, it really added something special to the event."
Faye Dagnall from Southport Ladies learnt a lot from local boy Brady: "Tom was really good within the attacking sessions, drawing from his vast experience and passing it on.
"It was very simple comments but those coming from someone of his stature, it really reaffirms it. Tom talked about coming onto the ball from depth and make sure you straighten up and do not drift to ensure you aren't exploited for a potential turnover"
Ellis Greenwood, currently a student at Liverpool Hope University, loved the day: "The Sharks Ladies Day was a worthwhile and enjoyable experience, with lots of useful guidance to be taken away from it.
"I have played a variety of positions in the backs so it was great to gain and develop new and existing skills to take back to aid my personal game and to take back to my team. The most beneficial for me was, utilising space, turning defence into attack and the breakdown area."
After the success of the first Sale Sharks Ladies Day, the Community Trust coaches will be reviewing and working towards the next day being bigger and better.
It is hope the next one attracts double the numbers and we can really kick on with developing high quality development days for the women's' game locally. If any team wants information on the next day, please email Vicky Irwin.