UAB/Birmingham Women’s Rugby Club begins practice September 3 & 5. Learn how to get involved.

UAB/Birmingham Women’s Rugby Club will be holding their first practice on September 3, at the UAB Recreation Fields. Photo courtesy of UAB/Birmingham Women’s Rugby Club

The UAB/Birmingham Women’s Rugby Club is inviting women throughout the Magic City to become a part of their team.

For women interested in rugby, the world’s 9th most popular sport (tied with American football), the Birmingham club’s first practices are this week Tuesday, September 3  and Thursday, September 5, beginning at 5:00pm, at the UAB Recreation Fields – between 5th Avenue South and 12th Street.

Women’s rugby is popular on the west coast, especially in California and in pockets of the Eastern United States.  The women’s game in Birmingham and the South is growing.


“There is a really big rugby community nationwide,” said Samantha Klipsch, Club President and team captain of the UAB/Birmingham Women’s Rugby Club.  “It is a vast  network with teams in California and New York. You can make friends all over the country – even the world.”

Joining Forces

UAB/Birmingham Women’s Rugby Club will be holding their first practice on September 3, at the UAB Recreation Fields. Photo courtesy of UAB/Birmingham Women’s Rugby Club
UAB/Birmingham Women’s Rugby Club will be holding their first practice on September 3, at the UAB Recreation Fields. Photo courtesy of UAB/Birmingham Women’s Rugby Club

The UAB/Birmingham Women’s Rugby Club is two teams within one club.  They have merged this season so they could have more women out on the pitch, according to Klipsch.

Photo courtesy of UAB/Birmingham Women’s Rugby Club

Interested? Women from all walks of life are welcome to come out on Tuesdays and Thursdays – between 5:00-7:00pm at the UAB Recreation Fields on 5th Avenue and 12th Street South. You do not need to be a UAB student, and they will teach the game to you.

Tournaments and matches are being scheduled for the Fall. The club expects to have scrimmages with the University of Alabama team in Tuscaloosa, while Mobile and Pensecola, Florida are common opponents.


Got Questions?

Photo courtesy of UAB/Birmingham Women’s Rugby Club

If you are interested in joining the UAB/Birmingham Women’s Rugby Club and more about the club and commitments, contact Samantha at UABWRC@gmail.com

 

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.