The next wave of England Rugby's Inner Warrior campaign has launched today and Esher Rugby is delighted to announce a Warrior Camp on the 23rd of April 2018 at 19.30.
The Inner Warrior campaign is back after a successful series of Warrior Camps in 2017 and January 2018 gave a huge boost to grassroots women's rugby participation. The April wave of Warrior Camps kicks off on 13th April and will run until 29th April with 100 rugby taster sessions taking place at clubs across the country.
The April wave of the campaign coincides with the rugby sevens tournament at the Commonwealth Games, where women will take part for the first time ever. Following England Rugby's announcement earlier this month that there are now 30,000 registered female rugby players playing regularly, the Inner Warrior campaign is encouraging new women to get active outdoors this spring and challenge themselves to take up a new sport.
England Sevens captain Abbie Brown commented, "We're excited about the opportunity to play at the Commonwealth Games for the first time and will be looking to make the country proud. The Inner Warrior campaign gives women the chance to try rugby, often for the first time, and it's fantastic to see so many women getting involved – we hope our performances in Australia can inspire more to get outdoors and try our sport."
Since its initial launch, over 12,500 women have attended Warrior Camps nationwide; and of those women, 4,200 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.
Steve Grainger, RFU Rugby Development Director, said: "Female participation in rugby has seen unparalleled levels of growth in recent years, and we were delighted to announce on International Women's Day that there are now 30,000 women and girls playing regularly. Rugby is one of the fastest growing team sports for women in England."
"As part of the 2017-21 funding agreement with Sport England and our 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."
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.
Click HERE to register for Esher Rugby's Warrior Camp and meet our Esher Lionesses.