Introducing Miss Harrower – all about rugby!
Miss Harrower and Mr Moore give up their time for the benefit of our students, sharing their expertise and experience with them and it came as no surprise that they received awards for their voluntary work from Yorkshire RFU. We hope you enjoyed reading Mr Moore’s earlier Q&A. Here we find out more about Miss Harrower’s involvement in the rugby world and why she is so passionate about the game.
We are very sad to share the news that after nine years at Richmond School, Miss Harrower is leaving us to move to a position closer to home. She has been a highly valued member of the PE department and will be greatly missed by students and staff alike.
When did you first play rugby? I didn’t start playing rugby until I was in my first year at York St John University. I then went on to play for Leeds Leos, York RI, Darlington Mowden Park and York RUFC. I’ve also played rugby league for Leeds Akkies, Whinmoor, Yorkshire and GB Teachers
Who do you play for now? Yes and no! I play for York RUFC, although I have tried to retire around four or five times!
Which teams do you coach at Richmond School? I coach the Year 7 and 8 girls’ teams who have been fabulous, their technique and skill have developed so much over the last year and the sense of camaraderie is brilliant. The All Stars Programme has been great to inspire and engage the girls to play rugby.
Has there been a rugby highlight for you in school over the last year? The girls actually actually having the opportunity to play against other schools has been a highlight for me. This has been possible because of the RFU getting into local schools and upskilling the PE staff who might not have any rugby knowledge or be confident to teach it. When I set up a team, eight years ago, there were no other local girls teams to play.
Why do you believe rugby is so important in the sporting arena and what skills and values does it instil in our students who play the game? In rugby, there is a position for everyone no matter of your size, speed or strength. Every club I have played for, at every level, has a sense of belonging as soon as you step through the door. Everyone works so hard for each other on and off the pitch due to the nature of the game, there really is no other sport where you need to have each other’s ‘backs’ as much as you do in Rugby (either code).
The natural skills and qualities students gain from playing rugby are, communication, teamwork, leadership, trust and respect. None of this back chatting with the ref! Utmost respect for everybody in the game, whether players, officials or volunteers and once you play you are a part of the ‘rugby family’ forever.