World Cup win­ners to cre­ate a rugby le­gacy

Cham­pion pair hope to in­spire play­ers across the county

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­

CUP WIN­NERS: Rocky Clark and Kat Marchant dur­ing a visit to Chiltern Hills Academy hand­ful and the num­bers grown with ev­ery week.

“There is so much pos­i­tiv­ity for the fu­ture of the women’s game. The World Cup win has proved to be re­ally in­spi­ra­tional and helped us achieve the num­bers. It has prob­a­bly helped that the se­nior women’s team is do­ing so well here too.

“But it is not just about Che­sham. We have been go­ing into schools across the lo­cal area, and we have young­sters here to­day from all

have around Bucks. We’re do­ing our bit for the fu­ture of the women’s game in our lit­tle cor­ner of the coun­try.

“It’s so im­por­tant to build on what was achieved last year.”

The pair have been in­volved with the coach­ing at Che­sham, which is not re­stricted just to the women’s sec­tion as they help coach the men too, since 2010.

Clark, who lives lo­cally in Amer­sham, an­swered an ad­vert placed by the club for a new coach, then roped in Marchant, who was a team-mate of hers at Worces­ter Ladies. Clark, in fact, still plays for Worces­ter, while Marchant has re­tired.

Marchant said: “We both love it here and have never looked back. Since I re­tired I have been able to put all my en­ergy into coach­ing, and what’s hap­pen­ing here is so im­por­tant.

“There were quite a few re­tire­ments af­ter we won the World Cup, and the devel­op­ment of the next gen­er­a­tion is hap­pen­ing now – then you have to look at the next gen­er­a­tion and the one af­ter.

“We’re look­ing to build it up from the grass roots and bring play­ers on from there, and the more girls we get in­volved the bet­ter.”

Mean­while, Che­sham’s se­nior women’s team could wrap up the RFUW Na­tional Chal­lenge South East North One ti­tle on Sun­day when they take on main chal­lengers Cam­bridge.

The game kicks off at 2pm at the Chiltern Hills Academy and if Che­sham win, not only will they be clear­ing a space in the tro­phy cabi­net, but they will be one match fur­ther away from com­plet­ing the sea­son with a 100 per cent record.

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