Mwamba Ladies RFC will on Saturday morning hold an open day for women rugby at their Railways Grounds as they seek to attract and recruit more women into the game, club secretary Jason Rosario has announced.
The club has in the past been at the forefront in recruiting, developing and nurturing women rugby in the country. At one point, it was the only club with a ladies team. It has contributed immensely in the growth of the game in the region.
“We have decided to have this open day so that we can interest more women into joining the game. There are women out there who love the game but don’t have that motivation to don the kit and run out and enjoy the game,” Mr Rosario told MwambaRugby.Com.
Interestingly, Mwamba Ladies RFC dominated the local scene to the extent of single-handedly making up the national team. “I remember there was a time the entire women team was from Kulabu. They will swap the black shirts for the national colours,” he added.
Some of the club’s top players were on duty two weekends ago in South Africa during Rio 2016 Olympics qualifiers. They finished second after South Africa.
The club has undergone major transformation in the last couple of season with other clubs starting their own women team. “Some of the players left the club and joined these new outfits. We have had quite number of talents departing from the club,” adds the club secretary.
It is in this light that the club has decided to carry out massive recruitment that will target women in universities, colleges and secondary schools around the city to shore up the numbers.
“We don’t want to rely on a specific set of players. We need depth, competition for positions and keep up that tradition of being the club of choice of emerging female players,” explains Mwamba Ladies trainer Philip Wesonga.
“We call upon all interested women of any age, in whatever fitness condition you are in, turn up on Saturday, enjoy the open day and let’s start this journey together,” asserted Mr Wesonga.
Eligibility for the open day is any woman of any age who is interested in rugby. They should show up on Saturday from 10.00 am where they will be taken through the phases by top rugby coaches including Humphrey Kayange and Dr James Ondiege. They are required to carry drinking water and sporty wear.