Academy offers women’s rugby pathway to Olympics

SEVENS FOCUS: The Casino High School rugby union sevens team. A new North Coast Academy of Sport program aimed at talented females is starting soon.
SEVENS FOCUS: The Casino High School rugby union sevens team. A new North Coast Academy of Sport program aimed at talented females is starting soon. Samantha Elley

TALENTED rugby union players on the Far North Coast could soon have a pathway to the Olympic Games.

The North Coast Academy of Sport is launching a women's rugby sevens program for junior and Under-20 players on the Far North Coast.

The FNC has always had women interested in playing the sport.

The program, which also includes an Under-18 team, will run during the off-season.

Sevens has been added to the Olympic Games from 2016 in Rio.

NCAS sports programs manager Candi Boggs is excited about the opportunity the program represents to young female players in the region.

"Rugby sevens is an exciting and growing sport which has now achieved Olympic status," Boggs said.

"The programs being conducted by the academy will provide a real pathway for our talented females to progress to higher representation."

The program aims to support the long-term development of potential players in the 15-17 year and 18-19 age groups through skill development programs.

There will be two separate squads selected for the initial program.

The FNC program will be based at Southern Cross University in Lismore.



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