A Rugby club in Mosborough has issued an appeal for players from across Sheffield after creating its first ever women’s team. 

Mosborough RUFC, which play at Miners Welfare, Station Street, runs 12 teams at junior level but has launched a girls-only under 13 team in a bid to encourage and keep women playing Rugby. 

The team are currently in their first season but need more teenagers so they can continue in the future. 

Willow Smith, 12, who plays for the team, said: “To get girls interested is so important for Rugby because a lot of women sports are just coming through. 

“You play mixed Rugby up until under 12 level but it stops there and it’s just the boys. There was nothing for girls Rugby this side of Sheffield.

“We need to let people know we are here.”

The club have already held one recruitment session and are working with schools in the Birley and Westfield area to help attract more players. 

But the club secretary John Knight, 32, is hopeful for the future and wants the team to end the negative stereotype around women’s Rugby. 

“There is a stigma and we need to get away from that,” he said. 

“We are an inclusive team. It’s what we’ve always been about, no matter what ability you are.

“We want to expand diversity. It will get bigger and bigger and it has a bright future.”

Despite some difficulties attracting players so far, Miss Smith has praised the club and individuals for helping create diversity. 

“It’s been brilliant,” she added. 

“People give up their own time and want to give something back to the club. 

“I couldn’t be more thankful for them, they have done so much for the sport.”