Civil Service will build on past successes
FOLLOWING a successful debut campaign last year, the Cheltenham Civil Service Ladies have wasted no time in preparing for this season's campaign.
Following on from a strong campaign in the National Challenge Midlands Two, they have set the target of winning the title.
After managing to retain last year's squad as well as adding a few additions the squad is looking strong, and they see no reason they shouldn't be near the top at the end of the season.
They have been training since June and the players are happy with the improvements in their fitness and skill levels.
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Captain Natalie Clegg said: "I am really excited about this year as the squad are looking strong and the girls are raring to go.
"We have our first league game in September and it is obviously important to start the season well and hopefully get a win and set down a marker to the other teams in the league."
As well as the players, the coaching team has also been strengthened by the arrival of first team centre Hayden Fry alongside current coaches Pete Lodge and Matt Carter.
Lodge is just as confident about the season ahead. He said: "The commitment from the girls has been excellent and their desire to improve and play exciting rugby is the reason why it's great to be involved with the set up.
"We were very unlucky last year with some serious long term injuries, but assuming that we can minimise those this year, we should be looking forward to the season with confidence."
The Service ladies train every Thursday at 7pm and the club is based on the Tewkesbury Road in Cheltenham.
Players of any standard are welcome to come along and train with the team.