Girls Rugby is excited to announce that we have hired Program Manager, Janelle Beswick to oversee our Colorado program. Janelle is awesome and we are so happy to have her on-board. Read below to get to know her and her vision!

Janelle Beswick (she/her/hers), Girls Rugby Colorado Program Manager

Tell us a little bit about yourself and a bit of your background
Hi, I’m Janelle. I grew up in Iowa and I just moved to Denver in January 2022. I work full-time in communications for a hospital. In the past, I was a volunteer coordinator and member recruiter for Girl Scouts, a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run, and I have been a troop leader for a Girl Scout troop for nine years (they’re going into 12th grade this year). I have two golden retrievers and love to spend time outdoors. 

Why did you want to work with Girls Rugby?  
I believe that it’s important to help build girls’ confidence during elementary school and middle school, and I believe youth sports are a great way to do that. Girls Rugby teaches girls a new sport that they may not have had the opportunity to experience before, and it does so in a safe and encouraging environment. I’m excited to be a part of an organization that builds girls up!

Why is empowering young girls important to you? 
Research shows that girls start to lose confidence by age 8 – it’s crucial to counter that trend with programs specifically designed to help girls develop skills and build confidence.  Learning resilience and grit through sports will help girls throughout their lives.

What is an important value that you think is essential for girls to learn? 
I think courage is an essential value – courage helps girls face their challenges and build their confidence.

What are you most looking forward to with the upcoming season? 
I’m excited to get to know the girls, families, and coaches that make up the Colorado program and see how the girls grow throughout the season.

What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I enjoy rowing and was part of a masters rowing club in Iowa.

To reach Janelle or find out more information on Girls Rugby programs in Colorado, contact her at colorado@girlsrugbyinc.com.