A bouquet, a selfie and a few tips from rugby star
Rachael Burford, the captain of England’s World Cup winning women’s rugby team, visited Ashford Rugby Club.
She met the club’s under-13 girls’ team members and share some tips on the game.
The former Medway women’s RFC player spent a few hours with the rising stars and answered questions.
Ashford RFC volunteer Liz Ashby said: “It was really good, the girls really enjoyed themselves and definitely enjoyed meeting Rachael.
“She is very supportive of girls’ rugby and gave the girls some great advice on how to play well and improve your skills.
“Ashford girls were very grateful when she came to the club to meet and coach some of the new recruits just before the World Cup.
“We were even more excited when she returned to tell us about her amazing experience playing in the tournament.
“She inspires a lot of the girls in Ashford and many of the girls aspire to be like her. These girls have watched Rachael perform and seen the high level of play.
“Having the privilege of talking to her has also shown them that it is possible to play at such a high level.
“Many young people only get the opportunity to see their favourite sporting stars on the television but the Ashford girls have been able to engage in a conversation with such a fantastic player.”
Rachael was in the team that beat Canada 21-9 in the World Cup final on Sunday, August 17, bringing England their first World Cup victory since 1994.
Rugby World Cup winner Rachael Burford with Ashford Rugby Club’s under-13s team
Two of the youngest club members, Roxanne Innes and Lucy Williams, both 11, with Rachael Burford