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North Walsham RFC: Chance for girls to get a taste of what rugby has to offer

PUBLISHED: 22:25 15 January 2018 | UPDATED: 22:25 15 January 2018

North Walsham are staging a Warriors Girls' Camp. Picture: Hywel Jones

North Walsham are staging a Warriors Girls' Camp. Picture: Hywel Jones

Chasing Rainbows

It’s a big day locally for girls’ rugby this Sunday with North Walsham hosting an RFU “Warrior Camps” at Scottow from 10am to 12 noon.

The camp is for girls aged between six and 18 wanting to check out whether they enjoy the sport and follows the club’s recent launch of their girls teams.

It will be led by Vikings’ Head of Rugby, ex-Premiership and England Sevens player James Brooks, and the girls’ teams coaches Sophie Bambridge and Richard Polley.

Nationally more than 10,500 have attended Warrior Camps since their launch, with over a third of them never having picked up a rugby ball before.

Girls are introduced to rugby’s basic skills — passing, kicking, tackling — and some basic fitness routines in a sociable and fun environment.

The camp is one of 185 taking place across the country this month. It’s part of the RFU’s Inner Warrior Campaign encouraging women to kick start their fitness routine and challenge themselves to take up a new sport.

Campaign Ambassador, England international Katy Daley-Mclean, commented: “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.

“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.”

Participation in ladies’ rugby is at an all-time high following England’s strong showing in the 2017 World Cup.

“It’s one of the fastest growing team sports for women in England,” explained the RFU’s Steve Granger.

“Recently there has been unparalleled growth, with a massive 215pc increase since 2013.” Forty-one new female contact rugby club teams were established last year.

North Walsham have been pleased with the number of girls attending training and see the camp as an ideal way of promoting the teams further.

“It’s a great opportunity for girls to experience the dynamic, exhilarating sport of rugby,” said Mike Mack, who is organising the camp at the club’s Scottow ground.

Girls can just turn up on Sunday but for more details the contact at North Walsham Rugby Club is mikestmack@gmail.com


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