The Bow Valley Grizzlies Rugby Club is looking to recruit local women to learn and play touch Rugby during the winter session held on Fridays.

Newly appointed VP of Women's Rugby for Bow Valley Rugby Club, Laura Pereira says, “We are looking to recruit women. We have a wide range of ages already, stemming from 18-40. This is a fun place for women to get out play some rugby during our winter session that just started this past Friday.”

Pereira says they do touch rugby as well as some technical training for the first hour and adds, “It is just a really safe fun environment to get used to playing rugby, the skills of the game, how the game works.”

The winter touch season is good preparation for the spring/summer contact rugby season which will start sometime in April.

If you have never played rugby before, Pereira says not to worry, “Probably half of the girls that have come out, this past Friday, never had touched a rugby ball, didn’t even know what rugby was, didn’t know the rules. I reassured them it is a very casual atmosphere. Everyone is learning so it’s great. Our coach is phenomenal he’s super easy-going and chill and it’s actually a perfect time to learn rugby.”

For the winter touch rugby session, no special equipment is needed just shorts or gym apparel and indoor sneakers for the turf at Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre.

From 7 to 8 pm is the women's skills and technical training and then from 8 to 9 pm is co-ed touch rugby. 

If you are interested in becoming a Grizzlie team member with the Bow Valley Rugby Club, you can head their website or email Laura Pereira directly at

Rugby practice