England Rugby is offering women nationwide the chance to get fit for free this January, through the next phase of their successful Inner Warrior campaign, which has been created to introduce women to contact rugby who may not have played before. By joining one of many Warrior Camps taking place up and down the country between 11th January and 9th February 2020, women can learn some of the skills and techniques of rugby, whilst getting fit, having fun and making friends along the way. Incredibly, these taster sessions – or camps – are delivered by England Rugby completely free of charge.
For the first time, in a move to further enhance the campaign and to add even greater value for women, selected clubs will actually be offering up to five sessions for free, providing an unrivalled opportunity for women to get fit for free under professional guidance at the start of the New Year.
Sarah Hunter, England Red Rose Captain said: “It can often be daunting to try a new sport or get the motivation needed to go along to the gym for the first time. That’s why Warrior Camps are the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself and as a result, you can have fun and get fit all at the same time! Warm-up activities, learning passing and catching skills, and fitness drills are combined to create these unique and exciting sessions.”
Building on the success of the Inner Warrior campaign, which has been responsible for encouraging more than 18,000 women to try their hand at rugby to date, England Rugby will now support a number of key clubs across the UK in further developing the programme. This will see selected clubs increasing the number of free Warrior Camps from one or two initial taster sessions, to four or five, meaning that women have a greater opportunity to try the sport out for free on a number of occasions, building fitness, confidence, skills and relationships. These sessions will all be run by an England Rugby Community Coach, who will be on hand to share their expertise, and to ensure a safe and enjoyable playing environment for all.
Steve Grainger, Rugby Development Director at the RFU said: “England Rugby’s Inner Warrior programme is providing women and girls across the country with a chance to come and give the sport a go for free. This gives an opportunity for women to get fit and have some fun, playing rugby under the guidance of our expert Community Coaches, without it costing a penny.”
In addition, and as a further build on the RFU’s Women & Girls Action Plan, England Rugby has also introduced the Inner Warrior Series for new and developing women’s teams, offering an opportunity for these teams to compete and continue to grow without committing to being a part of a league. 61 teams have already signed up to be a part of this new Series, with players being offered a flexible approach to competing, from different formats, to different times and locations, providing an approach to exercise and sport that is flexible for today’s busy lifestyle.
For more information and to book a session, head to englandrugby.com/innerwarrior