DADDY/DAUGHTER CLUB-TO-CLUB CHALLENGE. After eight years, Mia Davis (14) decided to replace her cheerleading shoes with a pair of rugby boots to play in the girls’ section of Swindon Supermarine Rugby Football Club.
She’s loved her first year of contact rugby. But, there’s little publicity for girls’ rugby, few sponsors and minimal funding. So Mia decided to try and raise some money herself for her girls’ section at the Swindon Club.
Mia’s idea was to do a sponsored walk going from Faringdon RFC, where she first started playing, all the way to Swindon Supermarine RFC, where she now plays and back again – a total of 30.2km.
On Sunday 27th August, Mia and her dad, Adam completed the 30.2km challenge in 8 hours and 21 minutes. Two weeks later, on Sunday 10th September, at a joint training session of Cotswold Lionesses made up of Supermarine, Faringdon, Cirencester and Minchinhampton players, Mia handed over a cheque to the club trainer.
Mia’s target was, in the first instance, £150. But she managed to raise a massive £600 plus an estimated £98.75 in Gift Aid. The Crowdfunder page has now closed. But if anyone would like to support or consider sponsorship for the girls’ section of the Supermarine Rugby Club, then please contact Girls’ Section Team Manager, Christian Slade on 07813 191895.
Or visit: https://www.facebook.com/SupermarineRugbyGirls.
The club, established in 1946, takes its name from the social club associated with the Supermarine aircraft company. Originally called Vickers Armstrong, it later became shortened to Vickers FC.
In the first instance the club played in the Swindon and District league, becoming founder members of the Wiltshire football league in 1976.
During the 1982-83 season, under the name of Supermarine, the club joined the Hellenic league in Division One.
In 1992, a merger with fellow Hellenic Football League club, Swindon Athletic FC, formed a new club: Swindon Supermarine FC.
In my Secret Swindon book I wrote a little about this:
Go here for some Supermarine company history: https://supermariners.wordpress.com/supermarine/company-history/