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Girls from across the district came to a Wisbech academy to play in a rugby tournament and be inspired by a premier league player who led the way.

The Isle of Ely Girls’ Rugby Festival was a huge success for the Thomas Clarkson Academy with more than 90 girls taking part throughout the day, some of them never having played the game before.

Georgie Lingham, who plays sevens for England and with Loughborough Lightning in the 15-a-side premier league, was on hand throughout to guide those who were taking part in the event aimed at engaging more girls with the sport.

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PE teacher Amy Anderson said: “Georgie was a true role model and was available at break time to sign autographs.

“The buzz in school was brilliant as most of the girls had never taken part in rugby before, never picked up a rugby ball, and to see them so excited and enthused was absolutely fantastic.”

Georgie was born in King’s Lynn and played for the West Norfolk Rugby Club where her grandfather was a past chairman. She still lives in the area and plays for Lightning after leaving Saracens at the end of last season.

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With students from different schools converging at the academy, it was also a great way of meeting others from the area and all the teams taking part were mixed-ability across the groups.

There were 45 Year 7 girls from Thomas Clarkson Academy involved along with others from the Neal Wade Academy in March and Ely College.



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