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Chicago North Shore has begun a new sports nutrition coaching internship with the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Chicago. One of our nutrition coaches is Radhika Patel. Radhika brings experience, insight, and professional preparation to the club until November 2021.

Welcome, Radhika.

Contact Radhika to set up a one on one appointment at:

From initiating nutrition and fitness campaigns at her local temple to teaching Human Anatomy/Physiology at Roosevelt University, Radhika has diverse personal, academic and professional backgrounds. She came into Nutrition and Kinesiology from her own personal experience with losing about 120 pounds, maintaining it, and increasing her own strength and endurance through regular resistance and cardiovascular training.

For the past three years, she has been working with various women’s groups to help educate women about the importance of their health, proper nutrition and regular physical activity. Radhika is a science geek but she is specifically interested in the relationship between nutrition and the human body. Her most recent research project was focused on understanding the association between diet quality, the gut microbiome and systemic inflammation.

Radhika has a Masters in Biomedicine with a focus in Immunology and a Masters in Nutrition with a parallel focus in Kinesiology. She has experience working with people of all ages in various different settings including nutrition and fitness education. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago and enjoys volunteer work, going out with her friends, and almost anything related to fitness and dance.

Contact Radhika to set up a one on one appointment at:

Welcome, Sean!

Sean is a student in the Master’s Coordinated Program in Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and is excited to contribute his nutrition knowledge to the North Shore Women’s Rugby team starting with the 2021 season. Sean will graduate in December 2021 and sit for the Registered Dietitian Exam. He wants to continue to help athletes of all levels meet their full potential.

Sean has been a Personal Trainer for over 10 years working at Equinox and other clubs around the Chicago area. He currently manages private training clients while completing his education in dietetics. Sean also holds a certification as a Health Coach from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Recently, Sean was a dietetic intern at a Chicago gym catering to high performing athletes under the supervision of their Performance Dietitian. His experience working with clientele ranging from High School athletes to Master’s athletes in a variety of sports gives him a unique perspective in the fields of athletics and nutrition.

Sean lives in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and 3 boys. He is an experienced marathon runner and enjoys watching Chicago sports.

Contact Sean to set up a one on one appointment at:

  • John Coumbe-Lilley

The Midwest Rugby Union announced its sevens qualification schedule for 2021. Chicago North Shore will field teams at every tournament.

Tournament dates (From the MWRFU website)

  • Saturday, June 12 – Gem City 7’s at the Dayton Rugby Grounds in Dayton, OH.

  • Saturday, June 26 – Firehouse 7’s at the Blaze Rugby Complex in Lemont, IL.

  • Saturday, July 10 – Legacy 7’s at the Legacy Sports Complex in Brighton, MI.

Saturday, July 24, 2021 - Championship Event The top eight (8) Women’s teams will compete at the MWRFU 7’s Championship on Saturday, July 24 at Cin City 7’s being held at Brimelow Fields in Cincinnati, OH.


Practices begin Sunday, May 22 at Stanton Park, IL. 5:45pm-7:30pm.

Regular Monday-Wednesday practices begin Wednesday, May 26 location TBC. 6:45pm-8:30pm.

Saturday practices June 5th & June 19.

Get ready to meet rugby!

Contact board members about Covid, costs, kit, travel-related issues.

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  • John Coumbe-Lilley

Rugby league training has started. Numbers at training have been good for those preparing for the Tampa 9s tournament and others preparing for rugby's return sometime this year. We had 11 for the first session 17 for the second session. Players from three clubs attended training and more are welcome. Rugby league allows all players to step out of the union game and join with friends and new players from other clubs without conflict between clubs.

The players are learning the rules and getting used to new movements like the play-the-ball restart. They are learning defensive techniques like 'turtling', double-tackling, and controlling the player in the tackle. The players learned quickly and adapted well to new ways of playing rugby.

The tournament in Tampa provides different opportunities for players. Garen Casey, the USA Women's Rugby League Head Coach will lead a practice session before the event. Another opportunity is for WPL players to experience the preparation for an event by the new coaching staff. Even though Tampa is a new event and rugby is slowly returning the coaching staff is using the opportunity to work a build-up the week before the event just as they would if the event was for the WPL match or a sevens tournament. A final opportunity for the players is playing with each other and bonding because of the challenges they face on the field and the problems they solve together. Then enjoy the social aspect of rugby which like so many folks know is part of our love of the sport.

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