A brief look at the history of the Harlequins Ladies Football Club

The Harlequins Ladies Football Club is an English rugby club based in London. Their official home ground is split into two, Twickenham Swoop and the Old Isleworthians Rugby Football Club. The latter has been their playing and training venue since 2010.

They are an amateur rugby club, and are totally independent of the professional team by the same name. But, there are strong links between the club and their popular counterparts. They do have the same name, they wear the same colours, they have the same crest, and also play at the Stoop every now and then.

The club was setup in September of 1995, when Vanessa Matthews, a rugby fan of the Quins, met Kirstie Heslop, an old team-mate from Oxford University, and decided to build a ladies side. They asked Dick Best, the Director of the Quins at the time, to assist with this, as well as Pat Currie, one of the committee members. The idea soon became a team, and they managed to win the league in their first ever attempt, and went unbeaten.

Since then, the club has gone from good to great, having successful youth players, and are maintaining the initial strong links with the main club.

In just 5 seasons, they have managed to reach the first division. There have been numerous changes in their squad over time, but with so many new recruits and ex-youth team graduates becoming a part of the senior side, the team has only strengthened its position further.

In August of 2007, the Harlequin Ladies made history when they became the first ever ladies side to become full-time members of the Rugby Football Union. They were given Section 1 status which meant they had full voting rights in the union. Let’s hope they keep on improving in the years to come.