Women urged to unleash their inner warrior with help of South Shields Rugby Club

South Shields RFC ladies rugby team are looking for new members.' Club secretary Lucy Summerside and chair Gary McKay
South Shields RFC ladies rugby team are looking for new members.' Club secretary Lucy Summerside and chair Gary McKay

Women are being urged to unleash their inner warrior by taking up rugby.

South Shields Rugby Club is encouraging women to step out of their comfort zone - with the support of their friends - and learn more about the game at a dedicated training camp.

Women should definitely try rugby because it is such an exhilarating feeling knowing that you are there with 14 other teammates that have got your back and you’re all striving for the same goal.

Vicky Macqueen

The Warrior camp consists of paired activities to teach participants the skills and techniques of the game while having fun and making new friends.

The first session will take place on Sunday at South Shields Rugby Club, in Grosvenor Road, from 11am until 2pm.

Vicky Macqueen, former England rugby international, said: “Rugby is a very sociable sport. The work you do together on the pitch bonds you on and off the pitch and, personally, rugby has given me so many lifelong friends.

“Women should definitely try rugby because it is such an exhilarating feeling knowing that you are there with 14 other teammates who have got your back and you’re all striving for the same goal.

“Rugby has a place for women of all shapes and sizes too, with different positions for different strengths. It really is a great sport for anyone as well as a fantastic, fun way to stay both mentally and physically healthy.”

She added: “All participants need to take part on Sunday are a pair of trainers, their usual workout gear and a ‘have a go’ attitude.”

The Warrior Camp Campaign aims to attract more women to take up contact rugby through the teaching of key introductory skills and drills for the game.

Rugby has a wide range of different playing positions, each requiring a different set of skills and attributes. It is one of the fastest growing female team sports in England.