The latest in our Faces of Bedford series features Emily, a member of the newly formed Bedford Blues Women’s Rugby team.
Over to Emily, in her own words…
Rugby is very much a male-dominated sport but if you have a good attitude as a woman and want to get stuck in, you can get so much from it.
We started in January 2020 – just before lockdown and we weren’t associated with the Blues at the time.
As a way to stay connected and to keep the team spirit going, I ran my own ‘Finney Fit’ training over zoom during lockdown. It was a way for us all to keep together.
Mark (our coach) also ran a zoom meeting, so we all stayed connected. Staying active on social media, our numbers continued to grow.
Girls’ rugby at the Junior Blues only goes up to age 18 and after that, there was no path for girls at the club unless they go pro. Now there is that opportunity.
In June 2020 we joined with the Blues. We get some great support from them and they got us some match kit. Bedford is proud of the Blues name, and they have a great network and following, and we were chuffed to be part of it and have their support.
That said, the name doesn’t come with any funding and we’re always looking for support and extra sponsorship.
The team is like a family. It’s a safe space and we’ve built up a great team spirit – we welcome everyone and it’s a great group of ladies.
We just played our first full-contact tournament on 14 August and came runners up losing in the final, but it was amazing to get competitive and showed some fab potential here.
I love Bedford. There’s a great community spirit here and so many support channels if you look for them!
It’s a town of ideas and good energy and collaboration. There’s a lot of people here ready to make a difference.
Faces of Bedford was set up during lockdown by commercial and wedding photographer, Dan Davies, to showcase the extraordinary people that make Bedford brilliant.