Preston Grasshoppers ladies section, sponsored by Whittles Jewellers, was founded in 2002, and since then it has become a big part of the Hoppers family.
With the upsurge in support both nationally and internationally for Women’s Rugby, the Hoppers ladies have followed suit and grown in strength with over 40 ladies now part of the playing squad.
With growing numbers in the Hoppers Girls Under 13, 15 and 18 sections, the future of Women’s rugby at Preston Grasshoppers looks very bright indeed. Our ladies come from all backgrounds and professions and we pride ourselves on encouraging self-confidence, teamwork, respect and most of all, fun for all those who join us.
In the 2017/18 season we have been proudly sponsored by Whittles Family Jewellers of Preston, a company with 150 years of history in the area who are supporting us through our campaign in National Challenge North West 1 of the RFU Women’s League structure. With a permanent coaching team now in place who are all RFU qualified, Hoppers ladies are looking to progress further by developing local talent and inspiring new generations of players. Our plan this season is to get promoted back into the National Championship North 2 to compete for honours, with an eye on further progression.
In summary, Hoppers ladies are an ambitious young side, keen to develop and encourage young women to be not only the best they can by seeing the best of themselves, but by becoming part of one of the fastest growing sports in the world and to make Preston Grasshoppers the best club to play women’s and girls rugby in the region.
Key training, match day and contact info:
Training takes place every Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7pm at the Club, with Games played on a Sunday afternoon, normally at 3pm (times can vary).
Team Manager – Ian Kerr
PGRFC Ladies Rugby is Sponsored by Whittles Jewellers
Like Preston Grasshoppers, Whittles family Jewellers has served the community of Preston for over 150 years and to be partnered with such a proud local business is very exciting for the squad. Whittles are a fantastic sponsor and have inspired the girls even further through supporting them on match days, getting to know them and even coming into the changing room to share words of encouragement prior to the game. Like Preston Grasshoppers, Whittles have shown that they are excited for the future and look forward to working together.