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Guildford Grizzlies Girls Rugby

Guildford’s goal to develop girls rugby at the club  continues  its march forward after its launch in January,  2018.
 
Since that time,  Susan Payne, former player and  Chairman of Girls Rugby  Development,  has been working  with various players and  coaches at GRFC, in particular Matt Trott, to lay the foundations for a successful season ahead. This  included her  providing last season, alongside Emma Swadlo (Gazelle) or  a  Surrey Rugby section head,  rugby taster sessions to girls at local schools, which will continue this September;  building relationships  with the various other clubs and coaches starting girls sections and  arranging participation  in the Pitch Up and Play sessions specifically established regionally  to promote girls play. 
After a dedicated search for  best talent, Susan was recently  delighted to announce the appointment of  elite player  Chloe Butler, an  Australian international, as  Head Coach for the Grizzlies for the coming  season. Chloe has played for Australia in two  World Cups, most recently in Ireland 2017,   as well as many other major tournaments, like the Womens Tyrell’s Premiership. She  played  for Richmond RFC last season  and will  debut for Harlequins Ladies in the upcoming 2018/2019 season. A seasoned athlete, Chloe also previously represented Australia in the 200 m hurdles.
Chloe, who  came to England to continue her playing career and to further  her coaching career,  is working on her Level 3 Coaching Certificate. She is also working at  Lions Sports Academy, which  strives to help children and young adults realise their  potential through their participation in rugby and sport.
Chloe is planning to implement her top-level  playing experience and background into her coaching at Guildford RFC. She is excited to help the girls develop  their  rugby skills to be the best players they can.  “I will never tell a player or team how to play the game, but what I will do is give them the skills to read what is in front of them and apply the best skill and options possible,” Chloe  said leading into the role.
Chloe plans to implement game-based conditioning in the early block of the season along with refreshing fundamental skills. As a southern hemisphere player, she will not shy away from contact,  introducing it as soon as possible,  but is aware children want to have fun so will introduce it in segments, safely increasing intensity levels while  taking into account different skill and experience levels.
Susan continues to focus on  sponsorship for this season, with the first generous  sponsor being St Edmunds School, Hindhead.   She is also working with Surrey Rugby to determine the considerable training  opportunities with them for Guildford’s  girls. “The potential for advancement  is wide open for girls in this area”, Susan commented in looking at the rapid growth  in rugby  for girls.
Susan and  Chloe, along with the other  coaching  staff now  in place and  dedicated to  girls rugby development at Guildford RFC, look forward to welcoming all girls from Sunday, Sept 2nd’s first practice at 1000 am, though expect  many will first appear Sunday,  Sept 9th after the school term begins this Sunday Sept 2nd.

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