Auch: A scouting workshop with RCA to raise awareness and recruit players for women’s rugby

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Rugby club Auch held a rugby discovery workshop for girls aged 14-18 on Wednesday, February 23rd. The club wants to promote women’s rugby and develop the Cadets team.

After a few words from the management members, about fifteen young girls set out for a tour of the Bourrec field in Auch. Athletes aged 14 to 18 then stand next to the plots in two columns and do the exercises suggested by one of the trainers. The half are participating in rugby training for the first time as part of the discovery workshop offered by the Auscitain club.

Transitions, scenarios, tapping... Many exercises offered

Transitions, scenarios, tapping… Many exercises offered
DDM – Sebastien Lapeyrère

“We organize mixed detection days every year,” says Philippe Ducousso, head of the education/youth center at rugby club Auch (RCA). “But this is the first time we offer training so that young women can explore rugby.” This Wednesday, February 23, each player of the Cadettes team (ages 15-18) has been invited to bring a friend who does not play oval ball. The training has therefore been adapted. Again in two columns, participants practice crossing backwards.

This is a one-day opportunity for women of rugby to explore this sport and perhaps later or quickly integrate the RCA Cadet team with Lombez-Samatan, one of the only teams in the division. “We want to engage as many girls as possible with these actions. Women’s rugby is booming and we want to develop our group,” explains François Andorra, one of the team’s coaches.

Loss of strength in adolescence

Teams are mixed until the age of 14. Philippe Ducousso said: “About a third of our workforce is female. There are no Auscitaine players among the Cadets this year. That’s why RCA wants to work on this transition while continuing to develop its workforce, mostly from outside of Auch.

Especially since the ranks of the women’s teams are already full. Staff member Didier Nouguès says, “Covid-19 has led to a decline in overall numbers, and therefore women. Before the crisis, we had a partnership with the IUT of Auch, which had a university team. But the latter did not reform this year”. In this oval city, they rely on the support of the club, as well as the high school rugby divisions and sports teachers, to enrich their teams.

The purpose of this afternoon was to raise awareness among young athletes and, why not, recruit them.

The purpose of this afternoon was to raise awareness among young athletes and, why not, recruit them.
DDM – Sebastien Lapeyrère

“And it also starts these days,” François Andorra reassures. By presenting this training session this Wednesday – where passes, scripts and touchdowns are linked – the club seeks to raise awareness among newcomers and thus complement and renew the workforce of the Cadettes, which currently has around twenty players.

Because if he’s currently playing in the under-18 10, the goal in the long run is to “build a rugby team at 15 and keep that human side,” confirms François Andorra. This will also make it possible to strengthen the workforce of the senior team”. As such, the presence of several new young players this Wednesday looks “encouraging” for the coach who wants to “continue and deepen this action” to continue the development of women’s rugby at Auch.

On the side of the RCA men

This weekend, First team and hopes are traveling to Anglet and are scheduled to start at 3:30 PM for Federal 1 (1:15 PM for hopes). To promote the “red and white” the official RCA fans club organizes the “One for all, all for the XV” bus trip. The meeting takes place at 8 am in the Mouzon car park in Auch. Spectators must bring their own food. Coffee will be served. It will be mandatory to wear a mask on the bus. Members of the fan club will have to pay 20 euros; For non-members, the trip will cost 25 euros. Reservations must be made on 06 78 04 50 34 until Friday, February 25. “One for all, all for XV” will also run bus services to Tyrosse and Saint-Jean-de-Luz in March and April.