RAMS RFC in Reading received a welcome boost to girls rugby in the area after being given new shirts for three age groups.

Wealth management company, Courtiers, based in Henley, donated the new kit to the Old Bath Road club’s Under 13, U15 and U18 Sirens last week.

Among the girls who will benefit from the new kit is Under 15 Izzy Bruton, who goes to Piggott School in Wargrave.

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She said: “We’re really happy to be given the new kit and want to say a big ‘thank you’ to Courtiers.

"We’re really excited for whenever we can play a few games.”

Her teammate and fellow Piggott School pupil, Lucy Simpson, added: “It’s a really nice new design and it should make us stand-out a bit more.

"Being back at the club, it’s been really nice to see people again after a long six months.”

Gary Reynolds, Chief Investment Officer at Courtiers and CEO at Rams, said girls and women’s rugby is a crucial part of the club’s future.

He commented: “I’m fully behind ladies rugby, but perhaps even more so my wife (Cath) is, so as a club we will have to make it happen!

“The development of the female sides here has been tremendous and it was the one thing which was missing from the club six years ago."

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He continued: “I’m really excited about the future for Sirens rugby and hopefully in the longer run we’ll be running two (adult) ladies teams - one perhaps slightly more social and one perhaps elite and competitive.

"That would be a fantastic achievement for the club”

Junior Sirens co-ordinator, Luke Simpson, added: “I haven’t got the words to say how grateful I am to Courtiers and hopefully when they see the smiling faces of the girls playing in games, that is where the payback will come.”

He concluded: "It's fantastic and proves the club is fully behind the girls.

"We've been making excellent progress regarding the numbers during the last five years and the growth has been very positive.

"The target moving forwards is to have enough numbers to put out a full team for fixtures at all ages (Under 13, U15 and U18).”