Chelmsford RFC's Ladies 1st XV - the Bluebirds - are an enthusiastic and social rugby team based in Chelmsford, Essex and currently playing in the RFUW's National Challenge South East North 2 league (snappy right?!)
This season sees a big change for us, as we welcome new coaches Matt Whiffin and Stefania Evans, both of whom are already showing a passion and excitement for the coming season that is infectious! Our intention for this season is to win the league and secure a promotion (dreaming big!), so we plan to work hard but, with multiple Bluebirds finding themselves conveniently on the Club's Social Committee, we plan to play hard too!
We may have big plans for our game this season but we are always keen to recruit newcomers, whether they have ever picked up a ball before or not. We believe that rugby is the best sport there is and we are so keen to share that sentiment far and wide! We believe that our beloved sport is the most inclusive one out there, it truly has something for every shape, size, skill set. Our team has an age range of 17 to 43 at the moment and the range in shapes and sizes is just as vast. No two people are the same and we embrace that, utilising the different strengths of our wonderful team mates. We are super friendly and welcoming, largely because anyone who wants to get involved is our kind of person!
The Bluebirds were founded 10 years ago when a few incredible women decided they wanted to play rugby at their local club. Those players are now all over the world, some have children - who will play at the club before you know it! - some live on the other side of the world, and one still plays for the team! 10 years on, we still keep in touch with our former team mates because we truly feel that once a Bluebird, always a Bluebird! Last year we held our inaugural Ladies Day and the turnout was amazing, former Bluebirds, injured Bluebirds, and a load of middle aged (and above) men who were pleasantly surprised to find we're alright at rugby! This year we intend to grow the event and keep the momentum going but mostly it is the perfect opportunity to round up the OG Bluebirds and get them back to the club!
If you fancy trying your hand at a new and physical sport, feel free to join us at training every Tuesday from 7.30pm. You can be as involved in the sport as you like and if you want to just train with us and turn up to our socials then that's fine too! Training will be at Admiral's Park, Chelmsford during the summer months and from the end of August, we return to the club at Coronation Park, Timsons Lane, Springfield, CM2 6AG.
We welcome players of any ability and age (18+) those under 18 are welcome to come along to training. Keep an eye out for our recruitment and Inner Warrior events if you would prefer to not be the only beginner on your first go! Contact Mini or Maddy on firstname.lastname@example.org for any more details. You can also get in touch via our social media accounts: