In conjunction with the Rugby Football Union, Winchester RFC is running an Inner Warrior Camp at 7pm on 30th August, at the club grounds.
The RFU is seeking to increase the women’s arm of the game, following the latest successes of the England Women’s Team who won the World Cup in 2014 and the Six Nations earlier this year – the 14th time they won that championship and the 18th time they won the Triple Crown. They are currently again playing in the World Cup, recently winning their first match against Spain 56-5.
Winchester RFC wholly supports the RFU’s aim to bring more women to the game, and are committed to growth of the women’s teams at the club. The club hosts several girls' teams and the women's team was formed late last year, playing their first matches in early 2017. The womens team also secured £3,000 funding from the RFU for development of the side.
Director of Rugby, Andy Fields says: ‘Winchester is an inclusive club. We are extremely proud of both our womens and girls teams and have recently invested in a new coach for the women to further bring them on. That we have gone from not having a women’s side to having a full team in under a year is a testament both to the women themselves, and the welcome they have received from the club as a whole.’
Team captain, Emma Humber said ‘Both the womens and the girls teams are looking forward to welcoming any ladies who fancy giving the game a ‘try’ on 30th August. Rugby is a game for everyone. On our team we have women of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels, and from all walks of life. Our training sessions are a very supportive giggle in what is sometimes a mudbath and we have a strong social side. We’re excited about this event and about meeting more warriors who will hopefully want to give us a shot as their club. Even if you don’t want to play competitively, rugby training is a brilliant all body workout and we're happy to welcome women who just want to train. We don’t expect a weekly commitment – we are very aware we all have busy lives and are happy for people to come when they can. It really is a no-pressure environment centred around having a laugh, getting fit and playing matches for those who want to.’
The event is being held at Winchester RFC at 7pm on 30th August. The club is on Nuns Road, Winchester. Following the session there will be drinks and nibbles in the clubhouse with the members of the womens and girls teams.
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Updated 15:49 - 26 Sep 2017 by Brian Challis