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Women urged to find their inner warrior and try rugby

PUBLISHED: 09:10 12 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:10 12 January 2018

'Warrior Camps' encourages women to give the sport a try. Picture: Beckenham Rugby Club

'Warrior Camps' encourages women to give the sport a try. Picture: Beckenham Rugby Club

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A Warrior Camp aimed at women interested in trying rugby union is being hosted by Beckenham Rugby Club.

On Tuesday, January 16, the club will be encouraging women to experience the dynamic and exhilarating sport within a fun-packed, commitment-free environment.

Mike Hollis, Kent Metropolitan Development officer at England Rugby, said: “Rugby is one of the fastest growing female sports in the UK and we think it’s important for people to see what the fuss is all about.”

The Warrior Camps encourage more women and girls to play contact rugby, teaching paricipants key introductory skills and drills, and will be a part of England Rugby’s nationwide Inner Warrior campaign.

Participants will be introduced to the basics of rugby, including passing, kicking and tackling, along with fun fitness routines.

Mr Hollis added: “Since the camps first began at the beginning of last year, we’ve had numerous participants say how much it’s improved their self-confidence and as well as the physical benefits. The game is also providing players with notable mental health benefits too.”

To women considering getting involved in this, Mike would tell them to go for it: “Often people feel a bit of trepidation as their perception of rugby is about contact and getting hurt but these camps will really help to change people’s minds.”

The camp teaches introductory skills applicable to players of all levels, and provides “a great chance to make friends and try something new”.

Mr Hollis believes that rugby in particular is a beneficial sport due to the “on-the-go” nature and benefits to hand-eye-coordination.

The aim of Beckenham Rugby Club is to empower women to find, connect with and free their inner warrior spirit by giving rugby a try.

“It’s a great opportunity for women in the area who may not know how to get into rugby. Beckenham Rugby Club is fortunate to have ladies’ teams and junior girls’ teams but we’re always on the lookout for new players and hope that at least a few of the women who attend the Warrior Camp on Tuesday take up the sport.”

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