Rugby Junior shows national promise

Achele Agada Rugby

Two years ago as an U15, Harrogate Grammar School student Achele Agada had never played rugby before. She was eventually encouraged to give it a go, and as a result she played in two full contact tournaments that season.

Achele was quickly identified as a player with potential and immediately asked to attend U18 Yorkshire summer training, aged just 15. Even with limited experience she made the full Yorkshire side two years early and scored on her debut.

Having an excellent appetite for learning, Achele joined the local club in Harrogate where she has gone from strength to strength, quickly establishing herself as an influential junior player.

This season she has played for the club’s full senior side, Harrogate RUFC Ladies, in their divisional play-off final which succeeded in gaining promotion as North East Champions. She also played for the U18 Yorkshire Girls in all three county matches.

Following her displays this season she was invited to the full Women’s Yorkshire Training and has been successful in her trial for the England Centre of Excellence at Darlington Morden Park.

She is currently playing for Harrogate RUFC Ladies in the England 24Sevens Series. The side has recently secured a place in the National Sevens Finals, to be played at the Recreation Ground, Bath on Saturday 28th July.

Achele is an excellent ambassador for girls’ sport and shows what can be done with dedication and drive.