Cainscross RFC Minis

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A JUNIOR rugby club’s inclusive and community-centred approach has led to it being nominated for an award.

Cainscross RFC Minis, based in Victory Park, Cainscross, has been put forward for our sports team or club of the year category.

The club was nominated by parents Clare Jones-King, Julie Sarahs, Kirsty and Beth.

Clare said: “The difference this opportunity makes to the confidence, sporting ability and social skills of our children is incredible.

“The matches are brilliant and the pride on my son’s face after playing in a match as an important part of a team is wonderful. But the weekly practises, with coffee, hot dogs, chatting, cheering and lots of community spirit, is what makes them so special!”

Julie said: “The organisation, care, dedication and skill the volunteers show is appreciated.”

Kirsty said: “All the coaches put in so much effort to help and teach the kids, they definitely deserve this award.”

“Amazing with the children, teaching them new skills while treating them like family,” said Beth.


Cotswolds Lionesses

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A SPORTS club has been credited with “keeping girls’ rugby alive”.
The Cotswold Lionesses are the result of a merger of five rugby clubs, which joined forces to give girls the chance to enjoy rugby.
Nominator Carmel Ponsford said: “Five rugby clubs have merged into a hub to give girls aged 12-18 the opportunity to play rugby as the clubs can’t field teams individually.
“Without the coaches at each club coming together, none of these girls would be playing anymore as the opportunities aren’t as widely available for girls.
“Four age groups of girls (u12,14,16 and 18) have all played their first games of rugby. Each age group is now successfully competing in matches - not just losing, which they did at the start.
“The girls train together at least once a week and they now socialise with each other outside of rugby too. The volunteers from each club have successfully kept girls’ rugby alive.
“Three girls from this set up successfully made the Gloucestershire county squads for u16s.”

Great Oldbury Youth FC

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AN “amazing youth football club” is “achieving wonderful things for children” in Stonehouse. Great Oldbury Youth Football Club, based at Park Junior School, has been running for just ten months but has already been credited with “bringing pride to the area”. Nominator Michelle Weare said: “This is a new club, set up with community spirit, which has just come to the end of its first season. “The dedication of the volunteers is achieving wonderful things for local children. “The club is growing - from regular training sessions and matches, to teaching the players first aid, taking part in the Remembrance parade, through to watching FGR and hosting their first charity tournament – and all in less than a year. “The club is bringing pride to the area, teaching children respect, and showing them that dedication and commitment pays off.” Another nominator, Jade said: “It’s an amazing youth football club, they have put so much time into it.”