Medway has had a successful women’s provision at the club for over 30 years. This has grown into a very successful Women and Girls provision over the past 10 years.
Despite the significant growth in the girls section, the club sees very few of the girls youth players transitioning into the senior women’s section, and this is a missed opportunity that we are addressing with some changes in our female rugby provision at the club.
Firstly, to create synergy, improved transition and consistent direction for women and girls rugby at Medway, we have created a new role in the club, the role of Head of Women’s and Girls Rugby.
The role will have many outcomes, with the main one being a player centric outcome to create a rugby pathway and positive experience for female rugby like no other club in the southeast. Matt Kuhn will take on this role, building on his experience with growing the youth girls section at the club over the past 5 years. Matt will work with the Women’s Chair/Captain /Coach, and the Girls Manager/U18 Head coach to drive more integration and opportunities. Matt will continue in his role of Girls Chair, with Richard Warran stepping up to Vice Chair as the girls section continues to grow.
Our second change is the creation of a Women’s development team to provide a pathway/stepping stone from U18s Girls youth rugby into the senior Women’s team. Discussions with many previous girls youth players has proved this will be an attractive offering at the club and ultimately will help with providing home grown talent into the Women’s senior side, very much aligned with the current Men’s first team squad approach. The creation of a Development team has a primary purpose to bridge the gap between girls and senior women’s rugby, but it will also be open to players who cannot fully commit to the women’s senior squad or are not wanting to play at Championship 2 level – thus providing a positive rugby experience for all.
After many successful years of growing the Women’s game at Medway RFC, Lee Fiddyment has stepped down as the Women’s Head Coach. We are pleased to announce a new head coach for the Women’s team, Mark Cornford. Mark is a very experienced rugby coach, having coached both male and female rugby for a number of years. Mark will work with our current Women’s coaching team to build on the successes to date. Lee has been instrumental in the success of Women’s rugby at the club, with the Women’s side currently in the highest league in the clubs history. We wish him well for the future as he retires from coaching duties.
Medway has always provided an excellent female rugby offering, and the steps above will build on this foundation to create a women and girls rugby experience like no other, and see all aspects of female rugby at the club continue thriving over the coming years.