Valkyries having a ball at Silver Royd

Scarborough Valkyries line-up at Silver Royd.  back, from left, Amelia Sargeant, Aimee Pearson, Jess Bray, Poppy Hodgkins, Kimberley Wray, Jessie Young, Becca Harding, Nicole Sedgewick, Jenna Redmond, Cathy-Ann Myers. Front from left, Jo Rigby, Laura Welburn, Santa Mason, Hayley Evans, Kayleigh Edge, Jolene Hull, Mel Halstead, Sarah Coates. Not Pictured Mica Scott-Nelson, Laura Bluck, Elise boonstra,  Amy Osborne, Hannah Bateman, Lucy Wilding, Josie Fullard. PICTURE BY ANDY STANDING
Scarborough Valkyries line-up at Silver Royd. back, from left, Amelia Sargeant, Aimee Pearson, Jess Bray, Poppy Hodgkins, Kimberley Wray, Jessie Young, Becca Harding, Nicole Sedgewick, Jenna Redmond, Cathy-Ann Myers. Front from left, Jo Rigby, Laura Welburn, Santa Mason, Hayley Evans, Kayleigh Edge, Jolene Hull, Mel Halstead, Sarah Coates. Not Pictured Mica Scott-Nelson, Laura Bluck, Elise boonstra, Amy Osborne, Hannah Bateman, Lucy Wilding, Josie Fullard. PICTURE BY ANDY STANDING
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While Scarborough RUFC’s first XV prepare for their Yorkshire Shield final. a group of women and girls are preparing to take the club by storm.

The Scarborough Valkyries held their first training session in January and numbers have soared from nine to upwards of 20 as the squad expands under the stewardship of the club’s YDO Tom Harrison, captain Phil Watson and team manager Niki Duncan.

Duncan has been pleasantly surprised by the surge in numbers and harbours ambitious plans going forward, including plans for junior teams in the near future.

Duncan said: “When we had nine turn up for our taster session in January, I was unsure whether or not we’d be able to take it forward, but I’ve been so pleased with the progression since.

“To say some of them had never held a rugby ball when they came up for the first time and now they’re comfortable playing tag rugby, shows great improvement and I’m so proud of them all.

“We’re talking to people at the RFU and this area is marked as a development area for next season so hopefully we can continue to grow.”

The Valkyries are on the lookout for a friendly fixture to test the waters, but will more likely play an inter-squad friendly prior to Andrew ‘Mo’ Stevenson’s memorial game on Easter Monday April 21 at Silver Royd.

Anyone interested in getting involved should turn up for training on Monday between 5.45-6.45, Thursday from 6-7 or contact Harrison at the club on 01723 357740.