Bur­ford in­spires young­sters

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Eng­land Ladies World Cup win­ner Rachael Bur­ford was a guest at Ash­ford Rugby Club on Tues­day.

The 28-year-old cen­tre, who lives in Med­way and plays for Thur­rock, is one 20 play­ers awarded a pro­fes­sional con­tract ear­lier this week, fol­low­ing the 21-9 win over Canada in Paris ear­lier this month.

Bur­ford showed off her medal, on what was her sec­ond visit this sea­son, having been there to coach some of Ash­ford’s young­sters be­fore the tour­na­ment in France be­gan.

Ash­ford boast three girls’ teams at un­der-18, un­der-15 and un­der-13 level, in­volv­ing around 60 play­ers.

Head coach Liz Ashby said: “It has been hard to find new re­cruits and I hope Eng­land win­ning the World Cup will en­cour­age more girls to take up the sport.

“Ev­ery­one was ex­cited to see Rachael back at the club to talk about her ex­pe­ri­ences.

“The girls had the op­por­tu­nity to chat to her, know­ing not long ago she was just like them.

“We need new play­ers. All abil­i­ties are wel­come as is a de­sire to learn what is a fun sport.”

Any­one in­ter­ested should con­tact Liz on 07894 536552 or via email lilly­bet32@mail.com

Train­ing takes place on Tues­days and Thurs­days between 6-7.15pm. Hay­den Dyke had a mul­ti­events de­but to re­mem­ber when he won the Kent un­der-13 pen­tathlon ti­tle at Ton­bridge School on Sun­day. The 12-year-old Ash­ford AC mem­ber, a pupil at the John Wal­lis Academy in Kingsnorth and coached by Jacqi Snare, is al­ready dis­play­ing tremen­dous abil­ity, de­spite only be­ing in train­ing for a year. Com­peti­tors and spec­ta­tors braved heavy rain through­out the day, which im­pacted on the event, with Dyke lead­ing by three points ahead of Thanet’s Luke Creasey ahead of the fi­nal dis­ci­pline, the 800m, one of his strong­est events. Dyke won, fin­ish­ing 30 seconds ahead of Creasey to take the ti­tle, with a com­bined to­tal of 1984 points. Dyke’s full scores: 75m hur­dles 12.83 seconds – 521 points (per­sonal best), shot put: 9.03m – 428 pts, long jump: 4.60m – 308 pts, high jump: 1.46m – 360 pts, 800m: 2 26.35 seconds – 367 points (pb). Ash­ford AC’s Jac­que­line Ben­son won gold in the South of Eng­land Un­der-15 Cham­pi­onships 3,000m at Crys­tal Palace. Ben­son cel­e­brated vic­tory in a per­sonal best 20min 54.04sec. Ben Isaac just missed out on a medal, fin­ish­ing fifth in the un­der-17 100m hur­dles and Tyler Adams was sixth in the shot. Amelia Isaac reached the fi­nal of the un­der-15 75m hur­dles. Kevin Wil­liams took the vet­er­ans’ 50 sil­ver medal in the Kent 10k road cham­pi­onships at Deal, se­cur­ing an im­pres­sive dou­ble af­ter win­ning gold in the Kent 10-Mile Cham­pi­onship at Sid­cup.

Ash­ford AC raised nearly £1,700 for lo­cal char­ity Find A Voice, fol­low­ing the first 5k race held ear­lier this month.

Pic­ture: Tony Flash­man FM3370152

Rachael Bur­ford (cen­tre) vis­its Ash­ford Rugby Club

Play­ers tak­ing part in Wye TC’s cham­pi­onships

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