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Video: Eagle Project celebrates International Women's Day at City Academy

The Community Foundation's Eagle Project celebrated International Women's Day with a special session at City Academy, Bristol on Thursday morning. 

The Year 8 pupils were treated to a visit from Bristol Ladies Rugby's Lucie Skuse, who was there to pass on tips and share her story, alongside the Foundation's coaches. 

"It was great to celebrate International Women's Day with an Eagle Project session at City Academy," said programme manager, Geraint Lewis. 

"The programme is about providing these girls with the opportunity to try rugby - something they may not have done prior to working with the Eagle Project - and they've all taken to it brilliantly. 

"They'll be going to a festival in the coming weeks, which for most of these girls, will be a great experience because a lot of them haven't played any competitive sport for their school before.

"It's just about giving them the empowerment to try something different and give them the confidence to take on these challenges."

The double award-winning Eagle Project is a rolling 12-14 week rugby programme aimed specifically at girls in Years 8, 9 and 10.

The project, which scooped the PLAY Award at the Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Awards in 2015 and 2016, aims not only to attract girls to the game, but also help to retain them in the sport as they progress through school and into adulthood.