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Dartfordians RFC invite women inspired by commonwealth games to try rugby

PUBLISHED: 16:52 17 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:19 18 April 2018

The Warrior Camps, which are being held by Dartfordians RFC, teach participants key introductory skills and drills within a non-committal, social and fun environment. Picture: Dartfodians RFC

The Warrior Camps, which are being held by Dartfordians RFC, teach participants key introductory skills and drills within a non-committal, social and fun environment. Picture: Dartfodians RFC

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A Bexley based rugby club are inviting women to connect with the sport and experience the benefits of being involved with rugby.

The Warrior Camps, which are being held by Dartfordians RFC, teach participants key introductory skills and drills within a non-committal, social and fun environment.

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

With a multitude of benefits accompanying team sports, such as confidence, friendship, leadership and respect, rugby provides a unique quality in that there is room for everyone.

With the turn of spring bringing and lighter evenings – and the women’s rugby sevens making its first appearance in the Commonwealth Games this April – the club believes there is no better time to give rugby a try.

Katy Daley-Mclean, England international who represented Team GB at the inaugural rugby sevens at the Rio Olympics, said: “Rugby’s such a sociable sport.

“The work you do together during training and matches bonds you both on and off the pitch.

“Rugby has given me so many lifelong friends.”

Rugby Development Officer for Kent, Mike Hollis, said: “The Warrior Camps offer everything, starting with touch rugby.

“Women’s rugby is such a fast growing sport at the moment, and more than anything the Warrior Camps are about having fun.”

Since its initial launch, over 12,500 women have attended Warrior Camps nationwide - and of those women, 4,200 had never picked up a rugby ball before.

The number of camps available to women has continued to grow to meet demand, with the aim of helping the RFU achieve its target of 50,000 females playing rugby regularly by 2021.

Mike stated that the initiative was part of a national focus aiming to get 50,000 more women into rugby by 2021.

He added: “Women’s sport is starting to grow in terms of publicity and this includes rugby.

“I would advise anyone interested to come along and just have a go.”

The first warrior camp will be held at Bourne Road on Wednesday, April 18, from 7pm – 8:30pm.

Women interested in attending a Warrior Camp, which go on until April 29, should visit www.englandrugby.com/InnerWarrior for more information.

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