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Women searching for ‘warriors’ for scrum down

Bermuda Women's Rugby has called on players of all ages to come and meet their “Inner Warrior” as part of a new campaign,

It features a month-long wave of “Warrior Camps” at the Berkeley Institute, running until November 9, in an attempt to inspire women to take up the game.

Although the campaign is targeting high school players, in particular, camps are open to women of all ages, and coaches from the Bermuda women's team are hoping to generate a large turnout for the sessions.

Gemma Godfrey, the women's representative for the Bermuda Rugby Football Union, said: “The Inner Warrior campaign aims to encourage more women and girls to play contact rugby, teaching participants key introductory skills and drills for rugby within a noncommittal, fun and social environment. At its core, it's a fun-packed, commitment-free way for females to get outside, get muddy and experience the dynamic, exhilarating sport of rugby for the first time.

“With plenty of help on hand, our coaches and players will introduce you to the basics of rugby — passing, kicking and tackling, coupled with enjoyable fitness routines — helping you step out of your comfort zone and unearth your inner warrior.”

The BRFU, as part of its player development pathway, is looking to significantly expand the number of women and girls participating in grassroots rugby in Bermuda, and the newly launched Inner Warrior campaign is hoped to be instrumental in supporting this growth.

Jamie Barnwell, a coach for the Bermuda women's team, added: “Rugby is incredibly inclusive, with the range of positions on the pitch requiring different attributes and skills to be played successfully. It encourages women from all backgrounds and physical statures to come together and bond on the field and is a great outlet for women to express themselves and their inner strength through sport. Rugby also enables participants to develop mental toughness, which in turns helps build resilience and self-confidence, furthering their ability to manage the everyday stresses of life.”

The sessions are free to attend and are taking place from 6pm to 7pm.

For more information or to get in touch regarding sessions, contact bermudarugbywomensmanager@gmail.com or visit http://www.brfu.bm

War games: a month-long wave of “Warrior Camps” are being held at the Berkeley Institute to try and inspire women to take up rugby (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published October 20, 2018 at 9:00 am (Updated October 20, 2018 at 9:29 am)

Women searching for ‘warriors’ for scrum down

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