Premiership Rugby players Richie Gray, Marc Jones and Jordan Davis were at Sale Sharks High Performance Centre at Carrington yesterday to take a specialist training session after Firwood Waterloo Ladies FC was announced as a winner of the QBE Rugby Pro competition.
Members of the Firwood Waterloo Ladies FC first XV team trained with the Sale Sharks players and community coaches courtesy of QBE, the business insurance specialist. They are one of twelve grassroots rugby clubs across the country to be awarded a training session with three Premiership Rugby players. In addition, the club received £1,000 worth of training equipment.
The prizes were awarded to clubs who best demonstrated the benefits of receiving expert guidance from top Premiership Rugby coaches and players. The judges were particularly impressed by Firwood Waterloo Ladies FC passion for rugby. The club were rewarded for their efforts to increase participation figures of women's rugby in the North West of England as the club look to secure promotion to the RFU's Women's Premiership this season.
The training session provided Firwood Waterloo Ladies FC with the rare opportunity to learn from professionals and pick up specialist advice on core rugby skills and game play.
Steph Veal, a player and assistant coach at Firwood Waterloo Ladies, said: "We are so proud to win this fantastic prize. The club has got a real appetite for the sport and this is a great reward for the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes. It will undoubtedly benefit our players and coaches to train with professionals from Sale Sharks."
Richie Gray, Sale Sharks second-row, said: "I think that QBE Rugby Pro is a fantastic initiative and it is great to be able to give something back to the grassroots game. It has been fun working with Firwood Waterloo Ladies FC and I hope that the access to professional players and coaches during the specialist training today will inspire them further."