Morpeth Rugby Club is this summer looking to attract local women into the game.
‘Pitch up and Play’ is a new campaign from the RFU aimed at giving women the opportunity to try rugby in an informal and fun environment.
Participation in women’s rugby has doubled in the past ten years and England won the World Cup last autumn.
The free sessions start on Sunday, July 26, at noon.
Open to women of all abilities, the sessions include skills, fitness and match play – with an introduction to tackling.
The key focus is encouraging women into the sport with inclusive, enjoyable and informative sessions, whether they are brand new to rugby, a sofa supporter or a returning player.
The sessions will build confidence and contact, fitness and femininity whilst providing a playing field for women and girls to discover what makes them strong.
Players will also be able to select a ‘mood band’ on arrival which helps them to shape the session depending on whether they are just looking fun, fancy some competition or want to focus on fitness.
The session will run until 2.30pm and players are welcome to stay afterwards for a barbecue at the club.
Organiser Dan Buckley said: “England Rugby are hoping to get 10,000 more women into the sport by 2017, so we’ve launched these friendly Pitch up and Play sessions and are calling upon all the local ladies, regardless of age, ability or previous experience.
“These sessions are completely free and provide a fantastic introduction to newcomers, so bring along a friend, family member or colleague to give rugby a try.
“We’re also having a barbecue and social event after the session so would love players to stay around and enjoy our friendly club environment afterwards.”
Contact Dan Buckley for more information on 07780 497658 or visit www.englandrugby.com/rugbywomen