In August 2017, Harlequins formally launched it women and girls programme. In doing so, the Club reaffirmed its commitment to growing and developing the women’s game by creating a pathway from grassroots to elite international rugby.
Girls can be introduced to the game through the Harlequins Foundation’s Switch programme and can then become more formally affiliated with the sport through the Harlequin Amateurs girls’ section.
Developing through minis, junior and teenage rugby, the option to play at a social or elite adult level is available through the Harlequins Ladies third, second and first teams.
The Harlequins first and second teams compete in the RFU’s elite structures, while the third team compete within the National Challenge 1 SE West League.
You can stay up to date with Harlequins Women and Girls Rugby in many different ways. Click here for all the latest news, while you can follow Harlequins Women on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Harlequins Women - Tyrrells Premier 15s and Development XV Squads
In February 2017, it was announced that Harlequins Women were offered a place in the inaugural season of the Tyrrells Premier 15s; the top domestic Women's club rugby competition.
The team are coached by co-Head Coaches Gary Street and Karen Findlay. Street famously led England Women to the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup, while Findlay has six Premiership titles to her name alongside 85 caps for Scotland.
In the 2016/17 season, Harlequins worked in partnership with Aylesford Bulls Ladies - winning the League and Cup double - before formally bringing them under the Harlequins umbrella ahead of the 2017/18 season.
In the 2017/18 season, Harlequins Women finished runners-up in both the Tyrrells Premier 15s and Domestic Cup competitions. In the same season, Harlequins Ladies set a record attendance for a Women's Club Rugby match in this country when 4,542 supporters watched them play Richmond at The Stoop.
In 2019/20, Harlequins Women again finished as runners up in the Tyrrells Premier 15s competition and broke their own attendance record at The innaugural Game Changer against Gloucester Hartpury where over 4,800 tickets were issued to see Quins secure a memorable 62-0 victory at the Home of Harlequins.
Striving to become one of the best club sides in Europe, Harlequins predominantly play their home matches at Surrey Sports Park played at The Stoop four times in the 2017/18 season then a further six times in 2019/20.
International players are peppered throughout the squad, with Harlequins Women regularly contributing players to the England Women, Ireland Women, Scotland Women, Italy Women and USA Women's squads.
To find out more about our players, please click here.
Harlequins Women 3rd XV
Ahead of the 2017/18 season, Harlequins Women 3rd XV re-merged with the Club and now play a role in the playing pathway created by Harlequins at the start of the season.
Harlequins Women 3rd XV offer fun and sociable rugby, open to players of all abilities and those wanting to get involved with the sport. The team compete within the National Challenge South East Middle 2 and training takes place Thursday evenings at Grasshoppers RFC, Isleworth.
To get in contact with Harlequins Women 3rd XV, please click here.
Harlequin Amateurs currently have U13s and U15s girls teams who train on Sunday mornings at St. Mary's University Sports Ground, Teddington (10:00-12:00).
Training is run by qualified and CRB checked Harlequins Community Coaches and is open to players of all abilities. For more information please click here or email here.
In October 2016, the Harlequins Foundation launched Switch – a multi-tiered programme aimed at encouraging girls to get involved in the sport by:
- Increasing accessibility and participation – providing opportunities for girls to take part in rugby within their curriculum PE lessons, after school clubs and festivals.
- Inspiring and Exceling – using our coaches to nurture and develop girls progression within the game.
- Developing and Sustaining – educating staff, supporting schools, and providing an onward pathway.
Switch is in its second year of delivery. Last year the programme delivered rugby sessions to 600 girls and transitioned 33 new players to Harlequin Amateurs.
This year the Switch programme will deliver to 1000 young girls in the boroughs of Richmond and Twickenham. A series of festivals and club transition events across the year will further strengthen an already inspiring programme.
For more information please click here.