Historic Occasion for Mount St Mary's School
Mount St Mary's School entered into the Carnegie Champions Girls Schools tournament for the first time ever and booked their Y7 and Y8 teams into the next round.
The girls with many of them experiencing their first taste of rugby league had only been given a basic six week coaching programme.
The Y8 team won three games out of four with the Y7 team winning one game out of a possible two.
‘The girls did ever so well and we are so proud of them. They are a credit to the school and to their families. We have been very fortunate to have been coached by Saima Hussain,who has this tremendous ability to bring the best out of the girls’. Stated Yvonne Pearson, Head of P.E. Mount St Mary's School.
Saima Hussain, who has been involved in the England women’s set up and is currently employed as a sports development worker for St Lukes was delighted with the way the girls performed on the field of play. ‘It was wonderful just watching the girls enjoying playing rugby league and of course its evening more satisfying when they win.
Yvonne added ‘I would like to thank St Lukes for providing the coaching staff along with Steve Parnel form Hunslet Hawks, East Leeds and the Leeds Service Area for their continued support. I must give a special mention to Ikram Butt, Connecting Communities Manager, for his invaluable support in way of mentoring and creating an atmosphere of confidence which has inspired the girls to do so well.
The event was successfully organised by Sian Hills, Leeds Rugby Foundations Women & Girls Officer and the tournament was held at the Leeds Rugby Academy playing fields.
The Carnegie Champion Schools Tournament is a great way of more and more secondary schools and colleges to Rugby league, as well as creating them to play alongside friends and enjoy a fantastically beneficial experience.