BRIDGWATER and Albion Women’s rugby team has been a real success story and in their first season in the league they currently sit in second place with a game in hand on the leaders, writes Richard Walsh.

Lee Iles, who is Level 2 coach and been involved with the women game for the last eight years has took over as head coach to the team at the start of the season after being assistant last year.

“Women’s rugby is in a good position at the moment and a lot of women are interested and playing the game to a high standard.

Bridgwater Women have made a very good start to the season and are second in the league which is quite phenomenal because it’s a new team and for many of those involved their very first season of playing rugby together. 

“At the moment we are in Division Three which is a development league so we base our sessions on having fun and enjoying the social aspect as well- so its not just about the rugby- that’s the sort of culture we are trying to create.

“If the team carry on the way that they have started then they could get promoted into South West  Division Two and so on, in fact they could go up to championship level.”

Bridgwater Women’s rugby team train under floodlights at College Way on a Wednesday evening between 7 and 8.15pm and get together afterwards to socialise.

“The process is you turn up and we will coach you, give you the techniques you need and we will make it fun. Bridgwater Women’s rugby is a really close knit family group and anyone who is 17 or over can come along and join us.”

The head coach went on: “The Club has been very supportive of the Women’s team and recently the Friends of Bridgwater and Albion Rugby Club donated £1000 to help to pay for bits of kit we needed to help us find our feet which was fantastic and very much appreciated.

Anyone interested in becoming involved with Bridgwater and Albion Women’s Rugby can go along to the ground on a Wednesday night or call Lee 07766 911585.

Iles added: “We are moving in the right direction and with the support of the Club and the Friends of Bridgwater what we have managed to put in place is quite amazing and we are going from strength to strength. Hopefully we might get promotion - as long as Covid doesn’t ruin things!"