England Rugby is inviting women to 'release their inner warrior' and register now for a free place at one of more than 100 'Warrior Camps' taking place up-and-down the country this September.
This initiative is part of England Rugby's 'Inner Warrior' campaign. The Inner Warrior campaign has helped to bring thousands of new players into the game, offering women a fun opportunity to broaden their horizons and to try out a new sport for free.
Rugby has become one of the fastest-growing female sports in England, with the number of women and girls who are registered to play rugby in clubs rising 185% in the last seven years and today boasting approximately 37,000 women and girls who are registered to play rugby in clubs.
Steve Grainger, Rugby Development Director at the RFU, said: "Women and girls' rugby in England is going from strength to strength across all levels and grassroots rugby, in particular, has experienced rapid growth. The roll-out of successful programmes such as the Warrior Camps is key to maintaining this momentum. We look forward to building on this success during the 2019/20 season."
30-year-old trainee veterinary nurse Kimberley Bennett, who took part in the Inner Warrior campaign two years ago and today plays for London's Croydon RFC, said: "I was struggling. It was kind of like I had retreated into myself and didn't have any confidence, but being surrounded by all these amazing women who are so strong and confident brought me out of my shell. I have lost over 20 pounds, and physically and mentally, I feel like a completely different person."
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Molly Sanghera also got involved with playing rugby through England Rugby's Inner Warrior campaign, today playing for Lichfield Ladies. She said: "I found rugby at a time when I was working so much as a solicitor. I was losing my balance and rugby has given me that back. I have met amazing people, and it has given me so much confidence – it feels like gaining a whole new family."
To get involved and sign up for the Inner Warrior Camp, Women and girls can find out about their local event at englandrugby.com/innerwarrior
If not, why not follow the GMSW team on Tuesday the 3rd September, where our reporter Anne-Marie Baton will be testing out the camp and bringing you exclusive stories from the field across our social media channels.News Now - Sport News