“As coaches we have a massive respect for Sams efforts, but this was also reciprocated by a number of the other Young people.”

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DRW coaches started working with Sams in September this year, from week one Sams stood out to us for several reasons, firstly being a female in a predominantly male group, but more strikingly her extremely loud and destructive attitude to her surroundings. However, this was also matched with a fearless enthusiasm – despite rugby being completely new to her and the fact that many of the other members of the group were quick to criticise and shoot down anyone who made a mistake or even anyone who was seen to be 'trying to hard'. After a few weeks of watching the sessions, Sams began to throw herself into every game we did.

A massive achievement was after 4 weeks, when we did a session on the tackle bags. There was lots of bravado and not a lot of action from the majority of the group, however Sams again demonstrated her fearlessness and a tough edge to fully engage and most importantly enjoy the session. As coaches we have a massive respect for Sams efforts, but this was also reciprocated by a number of the other YPs. After only 7 weeks of working with Sams, she helped lead her team to our south west school's tournament. Here she became one of the days star players, working hard for her team – demonstrating some brilliant rugby skills but also respecting the opposition, even playing for another school who were short on numbers. Sams efforts helped her team pick up the ' team of the day ' award, something her and her teachers were incredibly proud of.

On the back of this successful tournament, Sams has expressed a strong interest in joining a local girls team – DRW coaches are currently supporting her in finding a club and attending her first few sessions.

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