Over 2,600 women took part in 150 Warrior Camps across the country in May, exceeding the target of 1,500 players by 73%.
Meet Your Inner Warrior is the RFU’s latest women and girls campaign and forms part of a four year strategy looking at ways to encourage new female players into the game.
7,000 women have attended rugby training sessions over the past 18 months, with 3,000 newcomers to the game. There has also been a 48 % conversion of new rugby players to club members, and 41 new women’s teams at senior level.
“It’s been great to see so many clubs across the country embracing the Inner Warrior campaign," Steve Grainger, RFU Rugby Development Director, said.
"Their hard work and enthusiasm has helped us to significantly exceed our targets. Participation numbers continue to grow as the campaign develops and our ongoing ambition is to see Warrior Camp attendees transitioning into their local clubs and playing regularly.”
Newton Abbott RFC saw a number of women revealing their Inner Warriors and enjoying the social side of the game during their May Warrior Camp.
Captain Sarah Brooks, who has played for the club for seven years, said: “It’s about providing opportunities for local people to come down and have fun.
“It’s a really social team, too. After the session we went into the club house, and we always provide food, a drink and enjoy the social element. It’s a nice way of playing rugby and finding friends.”
The early signs of growth at Bude RFC club are really positive, with 20 core players signing up in a matter of weeks since the launch of the women’s side at the club only a couple of months ago.
Club captain Kaytlin Hunter was delighted to see so many new faces attending their session at Pethericks Mill on May 13.
“We had a great turnout,” she said. “We had our core group of players, around 15, as well as returning players and six who were completely new to rugby, which was a really big win for us.”
Another notable Warrior Camp success story is from Wolverhampton RFC who attracted 45 players to their camp on 18 May, 13 of which were new to rugby. The hope is that this injection of new players should solidify the ladies 15-a-side team and introduce a new U13 team for the 2017-18 season.
The next set of Warrior Camps will take place in August as Women’s Rugby World Cup fever starts to spread across the country.
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