At the beginning of the year, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) launched ‘Meet Your Inner Warrior’, a campaign to encourage more women and girls to take up contact rugby.
As part of the campaign, 100 RFU ‘Warrior Camps’ took place throughout January, in rugby clubs across the country. These offered fun rugby taster sessions for over 1,000 women who wanted to try out the sport before joining their local club.
The Warrior Camps introduced attendees to the basics of rugby – passing, kicking and tackling – coupled with enjoyable fitness routines to help them step out of their comfort zone and unearth their ‘Inner Warriors’.
Steve Grainger, RFU Development Director, said:
“We set ourselves an ambitious target when launching our women and girls strategy in 2014; to get 25,000 women participating in contact rugby.
"Despite the ever-growing appetite for the sport that we have witnessed through achieving our target one year ahead of schedule, we know there is still work to be done to ensure women are aware of the opportunities out there for them to participate in rugby, whether for fun or at a competitive level.
“Warrior Camps are a great chance for newcomers or returning players to take part in the sport through fun and informal sessions to encourage them to pursue it further.”
The next set of Warrior Camps take place this May, with dates announced over the coming weeks.