FIRWOOD Waterloo Ladies are this week celebrating the news that they will be training with leading Premiership Rugby coaches and players after QBE – the business insurance specialist – announced the winners of its 2013 QBE Rugby Pro competition.
Firwood Waterloo Ladies team will be training with Sale Sharks courtesy of QBE, official business insurance partner of Premiership Rugby.
They are one of 12 winning amateur clubs who will receive a bespoke training session specifically designed by coaches from Premiership Rugby clubs.
These sessions will address particular training requirements of both the coaches and players at each winning club, and in addition take home £1,000 worth of training kit.
Now in its third year, QBE Rugby Pro rewards amateur rugby clubs in England who best demonstrate the benefits expert guidance from top Premiership Rugby coaches and players would provide.
QBE’s partnership with Premiership Rugby allows amateur clubs the opportunity to benefit from expert coaching and advice and forms part of the wider QBE coaching programme, which aims to improve the quality of rugby coaching in England at a grassroots level.
The judging panel, which consisted of members of the media, Premiership Rugby and QBE were extremely impressed by Firwood Waterloo Ladies passion for rugby.
The club were rewarded for their efforts to increase participation figures of women’s rugby in the North West of England as the club look to secure promotion to the RFU’s Women’s Premiership this season.
Steph Veal, a player and assistant coach at Firwood Waterloo Ladies, said: “We are so proud to win this fantastic prize.
“The team have got a real appetite for the sport and this is a great reward for the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes. It will undoubtedly benefit our players and coaches to train with professionals from Sale Sharks.”
Mike Bowen, commercial manager of QBE’s Stafford operation, said: “We are delighted that Firwood Waterloo Ladies team has won. Their entry was a great example of how sport helps inspire the community, and we hope that the contribution of a specialist training session and new equipment from QBE will help the club to develop and introduce more people to the game.”