Taking place just two days after International Women’s Day, Harlequins Ladies aim to attract a record crowd for a women’s club rugby match in the UK as they take on Richmond Ladies on 10th March at the Twickenham Stoop – and support the 2018 ‘Press for Progress’ theme by taking a stand for equality in the world of sport.
UK Sport chair Dame Katherine Grainger said: “This is a great initiative by Harlequins and we are excited to be a part of the wider message of promoting women in sport at this match. Rugby Sevens was a massive success in Rio with Team GB winning Silver with the men’s team, and the women’s team narrowly missing out on Bronze, with a fourth place finish.
“Harlequins will have a number of players taking part on the day and who will want to be in the Team GB sevens squad at Tokyo 2020″, Grainger added. “As part of our DiscoverYourGold campaign, we will be exhibiting at The Stoop and using the day to identify young people with sporting talent, with an aim to help them fulfil their potential and maybe join these players on the plane to the Olympics.
As part of this celebration of women’s sport, Harlequins has invited some of the UK’s most inspirational and talented sports women in history to attend the fixture. Those who have already confirmed their attendance include Olympic, World and Commonwealth champion Christine Ohuruogu, Olympic silver and double Commonwealth gold medallist Sharron Davies, alongside several members of Team GB’s Rio 2016 Olympic gold medal winning hockey team, including Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh, Susannah Townsend, Alex Danson, plus many others.
“It’s great to have so many Olympians coming to Quins and showing support for the women’s game. Thanks to successes like Team GB’s hockey gold at the Olympics in Rio, Women’s sport has a higher profile today than at any other point in history,” said Jamie Fox, Harlequins’ Head of Communications.
“Young people need sporting role models and having so many of the nation’s female sporting icons in attendance at The Stoop on March 10 will hopefully help inspire participation by creating a meaningful link between girls and their idols.”
Harlequins will also be celebrating women’s and girls’ rugby with a pre-match community club tournament, coaching clinics and Switch sessions held by the Harlequins Foundation.
Switch, launched by the Harlequins Foundation in 2016, is a programme aimed at encouraging girls to get involved in rugby.
Tickets for this match are £10 for Adults and £5 for Juniors and can be purchased by calling 020 8410 6000 or by clicking here. Tickets are included for Members in the 2017/18 membership, but must be claimed online or through the Ticket Office.