Ladies Rugby



Harper Adams Ladies Rugby Team is an exceptionally inclusive and friendly club. The team went undefeated two years ago and won their league earning themselves a promotion, even though over half the team never having played before joining Harper. Last year was more of a challenge and was less successful having been put up two leagues but haven’t given up yet! We’d love to get even more women involved with rugby and welcome people of all abilities.

We usually train twice a week, on a Monday and Thursday evening, and play a match once a week on a Wednesday afternoon. We have a professional coach and start from the very beginning of what you need to know to play rugby safely and successfully. During training we play touch and full contact rugby, to keep everyone involved and comfortable.

If you discover that playing rugby isn’t for you, we offer a social membership that allows discounted travel to support the team at away matches and allows you to attend socials with the team on a Wednesday evening and training sessions to keep up your fitness . The Women’s Rugby socials are well known for being popular and fun whilst allowing participants to drink (or not) at their own pace.

**Find us on Facebook at 'Harper Adams Womens Rugby'**

The Captain for 2019/2020 is Holly Fletcher-Smith and if you have any questions or concerns feel free to email her at:  

If you are interested in the Social Membership for the Women's Rugby team feel free to email any questions or concerns to our Social Exec; Philippa Bennett at:

Our club also has Emma Hollingsworth at Secretary and Lizzy Clarke as our Treasurer. 


The Constitution of the Womens Rugby Club / Society

1)    Name of the club:

a)    The club name is Harper Adams University Womens Rugby Club (hereafter “HAUWRC”) 

2)    Aims and Objectives:

a)    The club shall have the following objectives:

-    To promote and support members of the HAUWRC Club/Society, and to enjoy all Club/Society activities in a safe and inclusive manner.

-    To compete to our best ability in all competitions entered

-    To provide internal opportunities for competition, training and development of members

-    To engage with and include all members in HAUWRC Club/Society activities. 

-    To ensure a variety of activities for members

-    To adhere to the terms of the C&S Operational Agreement

3)    Membership:

a)    All members must purchase a valid membership from the Harper SU website

b)    Membership is restricted to only those with a valid HAU ID card and student status.

c)    Only members holding valid coaching qualifications may coach

d)    Alumni members may be invited to socials and to support event, but are not eligible in any external competitive events unless specifically stated otherwise.

4)    Cessation of Membership

a)    Any member believed to be, or directly or indirectly, violating the rules and regulations of the Club/Society or being found guilty of unsatisfactory conduct may, by communal decision by the HAUWRC Club exec committee, have their membership suspended or expelled without a refund of any nature.

b)    Any member believed to be, or directly or indirectly, violating any of the Harper Adams University code of conduct regulations may, after enquiry by Student Services, have their Club/Society membership suspended or expelled without a refund of any nature.   

c)    Additional disciplinary action may be taken by the University if it is deemed appropriate. 

d)    All members must be given fair opportunity to address concerns brought forward, and the right to appeal any sanctions.

e)    Any members found to be promoting, enforcing or encouraging initiations or initiation type behaviour will face immediate investigation.

5)    Fee payment and refund schedule:

a)    All memberships must be purchased within the first month of attending

b)    All members may attend one session/meeting/ training for free.

c)    All refund requests must be processed and agreed upon by Student Services and SU.

d)    All refunds requested within 1 month of purchase will receive 100% refund

e)    All refunds requested within 2 months of purchase will receive 75% refund

f)    All refunds requested within 3 months of purchase will receive 50% refund


6)    Equal Opportunities Policy:

a)    The HAU WRC Club/Society will ensure that all members are made to feel welcome regardless of previous experience, background, race, gender, age or orientation. 

b)    The club will ensure only key performance indicators will be used as a measure for inclusion in competitive events, and that no member receives less favourable treatment on any other grounds.

c)    There will be no mandatory, forcibly encouraged or implied requirement for members to engage in any initiations or initiation type events that involves or is believed to involve – but not limited to – demeaning behaviour, alcohol consumption, body modification or forced interaction with other students.  

7)    The Committee:

a)    The Club execs shall form the committee for conducting affairs, formed from:

-    CHAIR





Who are all voting members of the committee. In the event of a vacant post the Chair/President may delegate responsibilities to another member.

b)    The execs cannot delegate responsibilities to non-exec members. 

c)    The committee may appoint new positions by unanimous vote.

d)    All committee members must hold a valid membership.

e)    Committee members may be removed if their conduct violates the terms already established in this constitution.

8)     Operation of the Committee:

a)    The committee shall have the power to make decisions on all matters concerning the HAU WRC Club. In the event of conflicting decisions, a vote must be taken and won by majority to continue.

b)    The committee are fully responsible for any equipment, clothing or other items of value owned by the Club/Society.

9)    Mileage claims:

a)    Only members with a valid membership may apply for mileage claims

b)    Mileage will be paid based on a pre-arranged amount only, either based on total distance or pence per mile.

c)    Mileage claims that have not been pre-approved by committee members will not be refunded.


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