2018 Warrior Camps set to launch across the country

  • 185 Warrior Camps to be held in January 
  • Sign up to a Warrior Camp near you here 

The next wave of England Rugby’s Inner Warrior campaign launches today across the country after a successful series of Warrior Camps in 2017 gave a huge boost to grassroots women’s rugby participation. 

The Inner Warrior campaign aims to encourage more women and girls to play contact rugby, teaching participant’s key introductory skills and drills for rugby within a non-committal, social and fun environment.

The 2018 Warrior Camps kick off on January 12th and run until January 28th with 185 rugby taster sessions taking place at clubs across the country.

The 2018 campaign theme is ‘New Year, New You’, encouraging women to kick start their fitness routine for the new year and challenge themselves to take up a new sport.


Since its initial launch, over 10,500 women have attended Warrior Camps nationwide; and of those women, 3,500 had never picked up a rugby ball before.

The number of camps available to women has continued to grow to meet demand and the influx of players saw 41 new female contact rugby club teams established in 2017.

“It can be hard to stay motivated to get fit during winter. Team sports, such as rugby, provide support and encouragement, making fitness fun and social," said England international Katy Daley-Mclean.

"The Warrior Camps give women the opportunity to try rugby, often for the first time, and it’s fantastic to see so many feeling inspired to take up rugby.”

Female participation in rugby has increased 215% since 2013 making it one of the fastest growing team sports for women in England. 

"As part of the 2017-21 funding agreement with Sport England and our new Women and Girls’ Action Plan, the RFU is looking to significantly expand the number of women and girls participating in grassroots rugby across England, and the Warrior Camps are instrumental in supporting this growth," said Steve Grainger, the RFU's rugby development director.