IVYBRIDGE RFC will have a senior women’s team next season following Plymouth Albion Ladies’ decision to move to Cross-in-Hand.
Albion have been training at Ivybridge for the past season and they have admitted the facilities at the South Hams club, which includes an RFU artificial pitch, and the community spirit there had a ‘significant impact’ on their reasons for moving up the A38.
The Bridgers have been working on trying to develop female rugby over the last two seasons.
They set up a girls’ team and last season had taster and Inner Warrior sessions for women.
Ivybridge president Alan Knight said: “We could not be more delighted by Plymouth Albion Ladies’ decision to join our club.
“We pride ourselves on being a key player in our local sporting community, offering opportunities to all and the one element we were missing was a ladies’ team.
“Their decision to become an official part of our club, having used our training facilities last season, makes our club complete.
“We now offer high quality rugby to all potential players throughout all ages.”
Albion have had the women’s team for 24 years and the side were playing Championship Two South West.
Club captain Alice Upcott said: “We are incredibly excited for the move to Ivybridge. We honestly believe this will bring new opportunities and a great playing experience for all in the squad.
“Ivybridge have already been so welcoming and accommodating and we can’t thank them enough.
“We enjoyed our time at Plymouth Albion, however, in order for the squad to develop and survive we believe that this is the route we needed to take.
“We are very excited for the new season and the exciting times ahead.”
The team were keen to thank Plymouth Albion for all their support over the years, but are now looking forward to a new future.