There has been rapid growth of the women’s game in the last number of years in Suttonians RFC with Suttonians Starlets competing in the Leinster U18 League this year for the first time.

Suttonians RFC have now made a positive step to join forces with Clontarf FC at girls U14 and U16 age grades, as numbers are still a challenge for some clubs.

For Starlets training the girls are split into two groups as the age range varies from 8-18 years old. The older girls are put through their paces with warm ups, skills, team runs and the occasional fitness block, while the younger girls play a mix of games to ensure there is lots of fun and enjoyment had while on the rugby pitch.

CCRO (Club Community Rugby Officer) Aidan Kearney, under the guidance of the Starlets management and youth coordinator, has introduced rugby into the girls’ schools in the area such as: Santa Sabina, St Mary’s Baldoyle and Portmarnock CS, which is a mixed boys’ and girls’ school.

In their schools, the kids are introduced to tag rugby and this has proved to be a great way of getting more children involved in the game. The children start by playing tag rugby while also being introduced to the contact area of rugby in a safe and fun environment, helping to build towards getting new players to the club.

Suttonians Starlets train on Sundays from 11:30am-1pm with coaches Damien Poole and Glenn Egan, under the watchful eye of manager Ann-Marie Part and Child Welfare Officer Niamh Egan.

For more information on Suttonians RFC or on how to get rugby in your school please contact Aidan Kearney (CCRO) by email at

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