At the beginning of the year England Rugby launched a nationwide campaign, ‘Meet Your Inner Warrior’, aimed at encouraging more women and girls to take up contact rugby within their communities.

Launched with an inspirational video, the campaign calls to the inner toughness that inhabits all women.

As part of the campaign, 100 Warrior Camps took place in rugby clubs across the country from January 19 – 29, seeing over 1,000 participants take part in fun rugby taster sessions. Personal trainer and Inner Warrior Chloe Madeley attended the Warrior Camp at Rushden and Higham RUFC.

Chloe, a new rugby recruit, said “If you want to get into fitness, while doing something social at the same time, I would recommend you give rugby a go. Not only are you getting active but you are with a load of girls who are happy to get muddy and have a laugh. It’s honestly so much fun!”

Bath RFC had one of the highest number of attendees, with around 80 women braving the elements to reveal their Inner Warriors, while Driffield RUFC saw 28 girls and women attend their Warrior Camp, including seven new U13s and six new women.

Bury RFC mixed playing with some social fun, hosting Cream Teas and Prosecco following their Warrior Camp. This worked a treat, serving up 36 new players for the session in addition to 14 existing players, with all made to feel completely welcome. The day culminated in a raffle raising £1,000 for the club.

Hartlepool Rovers RFC also had a successful Warrior Camp, with 13 new players attending, all with an infectious enthusiasm and desire to give rugby a try.

The next set of Warrior Camps will take place in May 2017. To stay tuned on news and upcoming Warrior Camp dates, register your details here: www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/find-rugby/play-rugby/womens-rugby

by Gemma Cobb