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St Thomas More

Catholic School

Year 8 Girls' Rugby

Since the start of January 2016,  the school has had its first competing girls Rugby team.  In the space of just a few months, the team has gone on to compete in a variety of competitions and most recently, representing Middlesex County at Twickenham in the Area 2 Regional Finals. 


The team is comprised of Year 8 girls and is coached by one of the school’s PE teachers, Miss Bouchereau.  The school is part of the CBRE All Schools Rugby Programme, sponsored by Canterbury and the Rugby Football Union. The programme has provided the pupils with the opportunity to play Rugby in school and for many this has been first time they have experienced the sport. 

The girls started off their competitive journey playing in a small tournament at New River in February and then played in the London Youth Games representing Haringey, where they came a very respectable 5 out of 20 which is a great achievement considering many of the girls had only been playing for three months.  At their most recent competition, the Area 2 Regional finals, the girls had a fantastic success, winning the Bowl Title through their hard work, athleticism, determination, drive and passion.

Miss Bouchereau has been thrilled with the progress the team has made, saying "What magic it is to watch students learn a new sport in less than four months and develop into a confident, competitive Rugby team! That's the beauty of sport! I am very proud of the achievements the girls have made and I know they will be soon become an established team in their own right."

The past 3 months of competitions and training has opened up opportunities for the girls, some of whom have been scouted to take part in a rugby gifted and talented programme.  These sessions are designed to give students some quality personal coaching including advanced skills, techniques and tactics which will help in their development to become stronger players. The programme will enable students to see what the Player Pathway for Rugby entails and how that links to their local rugby clubs and school rugby.  


The Year 8 Team:

Shakira Mcdonald- Captain

Tei-Ann Miller

Estelle Darkwa

Sarepta Lunkayila

Rayneisha Cordice

Britney Afriyee

Nadine Obeng

Eriver Mbatudde Kawuma

Tolani Durojaye

Ewurafua Ogoe

Ritchellyn Gunasekara

Anna-Maria Dominguez (Year 7)