TimeTogether Ellie, Ali and Rugby - Women In Sport

TimeTogether Ellie, Ali and Rugby

At primary school I found out that I was naturally good at sport. I had a really encouraging PE teacher who introduced my class to tag rugby. I loved the rough and tumble of it all but when I moved on to secondary school there weren’t many options to continue, and it just tailed off.

It wasn’t until I was around 13 and a friend of my mum’s set up a girls rugby club that I found a route back into the sport.

I love being part of a team, working together with people you love to reach a goal. Rugby has given me such confidence. I can be proud of what I look like, my strength and power and nothing matches that feeling of having hold of the ball and running free up the pitch.

It’s brilliant to be able to share this feeling with my mum. One summer the club ran a fun for fitness programme, and I persuaded my mum to come along and that was it, she was hooked too! It has been so good playing rugby or training with my mum. We’ve grown closer. We’ve become friends as well as mother and daughter. It is great to have this common interest.”

Mum, Ali, has found that playing rugby together has opened up a whole new life for her and taken their relationship to a new level.

Ellie was the one who was into rugby, I was just there to support her – taking her to training sessions and so on. Although I was very reluctant at first, Ellie persuaded me to join in with the fun for fitness sessions that her club set up. It was like an epiphany. I had done keep fit classes in the past, but this was something else. You get fitter but you’re also learning something new and meeting new people, having a laugh. 

Running around on a field, just like a child again, it makes me feel alive. Being outside in the fresh air, it feels great. I’m meeting people I would never usually meet.

Rugby has given Ellie and me a new way to relate to each other. It takes us out of the humdrum of everyday life. It makes us more equal in a way. I definitely wouldn’t be doing this if it hadn’t been for Ellie’s encouragement. And I now have a better understanding of what Ellie is doing when she’s competing, which means I enjoy watching her games so much more too.

Spending time together playing rugby has opened up our lives. It doesn’t need to be rugby though, just try something new together, do something that’s a bit different, follow your daughter’s interests and push yourself out of your comfort zone. The most important thing is to do something together.

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