Sunderland women’s rugby team spruce up changing rooms left smelly by men’s team

Sunderland Flames Rugby Club members ready to start decorating their changing room at Ashbrooke, left to right; team captain Amanda Hilton, Olivia Hall, Steph Bennett, Rebecca Watson, Becky Robson and nine year old cheerleader Chloe Littlemore.
Sunderland Flames Rugby Club members ready to start decorating their changing room at Ashbrooke, left to right; team captain Amanda Hilton, Olivia Hall, Steph Bennett, Rebecca Watson, Becky Robson and nine year old cheerleader Chloe Littlemore.
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SMELLY changing rooms have been spruced up by a women’s rugby team.

Sunderland Flames train twice a week at Ashbrooke Sports Club, where a room has been set aside for them.

But they decided to give it a makeover after their male counterparts had left it smelling less than fresh.

The squad gave their new home a lick of paint, with red and yellow flames.

Sunderland Flames are about to make their mark on women’s rugby leagues.

Team captain Amanda Hilton, from Doxford Park, took up the sport while studying psychology at Sunderland University.

She said: “The majority of us have left university but still want to play the tough sport.

“We had to prove we could get a team together before we could go into a league. This September will be the first time we go into a league, but we’re not sure which one yet.

“You watch a rugby match and think ‘I could do that’, but playing a full 80 minutes is quite tiring.” The ambulance control room worker, 24, wants to dispel stereotypes around women rugby players.

“Everyone thinks we are going to be big and butch, not girlie girls,” she said.

“That’s why we are trying to get anyone who is interested to come down and get to know us and take it into the rugby side of things afterwards.”

To contact the team, email sunderlandflames@hotmail.co.uk, or visit their Facebook page.