WOMEN’S rugby in Windsor has continued to grow this year with the emergence of the Damsels at Home Park.

Windsor Dames are the senior ladies team at the club having begun as a Facebook group four years ago and, as they go from strength to strength, the next generation are hot on their heels.

The Damsels (aged 14-18) have received coaching from Bristol and England international Katie Mason in recent weeks with new players continuing to show their interest.

Kate Hallett stars for Windsor Dames and coaches the Damsels. She told the Observer: “We used to have three or four girls come regularly but now have 18 across the different age groups at training.

“The aim is to get them up and running in girls competition, and hopefully they can sustain the Dames in years to come.

“They’ve had three games so far, teaming up with other clubs to take on different sides, and it’s good to see them working in other teams. It’s really good for their adaptability.

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PHOTO: Windsor Damsels coach and Dames star Kate Hallett.

“The girls say it has helped them with their school work and with confidence in general, which is really good to hear.

“The aim for the New Year is to continue to grow numbers and look to host a girl’s rugby festival in Windsor in March.”

Commenting on the coaching the ladies have been given by, Mason, Hallett said: “We had five or six new players come down just because it was Katie, so that’s really good. The players looked really inspired by it and you can already see improvement in their performance and ability.

“It’s really good and refreshing because, as coaches, we can take a back seat and pick up some good coaching tips as well.

“Katie has given players more responsibility to react quicker in terms of their decision making, and helped with attacking play.”

Windsor Damsels train at Home Park every Wednesday from 6-7.30pm and new players are always welcome.