Mothers and daughters play rugby together at Winscombe

PUBLISHED: 15:31 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:31 08 August 2018

Winscombe RFC Ladies pre-game.

Winscombe RFC Ladies pre-game.

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There are now two sets of mothers and daughters playing rugby at Winscombe, as they look to expand the section.

In an age when more women are waiting to have children later in life, the days of mothers and daughters playing sport together may be limited.

Winscombe Rugby Club is bucking the trend though, with their second mother and daughter combination playing in the ladies team this year.

Last season, Emma Young and her daughter Abbie were key members of the club’s first ladies’ team, with Abbie captaining the team and her mum, for the second half of the season.

“It was amazing,” Abbie said. “It was like having a protector as well as a teammate on my side. We learnt new things about each other and while we have always shared a strong bond, it brought us even closer together. She became more of my best friend through playing rugby together.”

This year another mother/daughter combination will grace the pitch at Winscombe. Amy Godwin has graduated from the Under-18s team and will play with mum Sarah when not required for higher playing duties at Bristol Ladies, which she hopes leads her to representing England one day.

“When I played my first game with mum it was great fun. It was a bit odd seeing mum on the pitch, but we had a real laugh. Training together is good as we are both very competitive and we push each other.”

The rare privilege of playing with your daughter is not lost on Emma nor Sarah, who both love the chance of sharing the excitement of the game with their girls.

Being a self-confessed ‘spring chicken’ herself, Sarah jumped at the chance of playing with her daughter Amy after watching her from the sidelines week in, week out.

“Playing alongside Amy is both fun and intimidating. We always take a rugby ball to the beach to practice and she laughs at my passing skills. She plays at a level that I could never achieve and she’ll probably think I’m an absolute nightmare to play with.”

For the daughters, the realisation that there is just a tiny window of opportunity to play with their mums means they want to make the most of it while they can.

All the ladies agreed that it has been a hugely positive experience to play together. The daughters can help their mums with skills and knowledge of the game, they are all getting fit together and rugby gives them something else to talk about at home.

Abbie’s advice to her mum was simple and encouraging. “It doesn’t matter who you are, your size or your ability - you’ve got this. Your teammates and I are always behind you. Just smile, have fun and be you.”

Encouraging women of all ages and backgrounds to play continues to be one of Winscombe’s aims. A rugby team needs players of all sizes and playing styles for various positions, so there is a place for everyone on the pitch.

Winscombe Ladies train on Wednesday evenings at the rugby club from 7pm and welcomes women of all ages to join them.

Training incorporates teaching basic skills of rugby, team work, general fitness and various plays the team can use in matches. With the ages of Winscombe Ladies ranging from 18 to 55, you’re never too young or too old to try rugby.

For more details, email winscombeladiesrugbyteam@gmail.com

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