Barbara met young women who have taken up rugby at school at a Parliamentary event to celebrate a programme to extend the playing of Rugby Union to all state schools.
The Rugby Football Union believes that the game can be played in all schools. The All-Schools programme aims to promote the benefits of playing rugby union and to encourage more young women and men from all backgrounds to get involved in the sport.
“It was great to meet young women who have taken up rugby at school and who are now looking at making a career as professional rugby players.
“It would be great to see young women at Salford schools taking up rugby. Across the City there is a big gender gap between the number of men and women taking part in a sport or fitness activity with one in four men involved in sport or physical exercise compared to only one in eight women.
“By the age of 15 girls are only half as likely as boys to meet recommended activity levels, so it is vital that more is done to get girls and young women involved in sports and fitness activities.”