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Diss rugby club hopes to revive ladies team with 'warrior camp'

PUBLISHED: 10:52 11 January 2019

Diss RFC Vixens hope to revive a ladies team as the club hosts one of the England Rugby’s Inner Warrior campaign camps this month. Picture: Diss RFU

Diss RFC Vixens hope to revive a ladies team as the club hosts one of the England Rugby's Inner Warrior campaign camps this month. Picture: Diss RFU

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Diss Rugby Club has revealed plans to restart a ladies side with officials hoping an upcoming national event will spark interest amongst local woman to try out the sport.

England Rugby’s Inner Warrior campaign aims to boost grassroots women’s rugby participation. Picture: RFUEngland Rugby’s Inner Warrior campaign aims to boost grassroots women’s rugby participation. Picture: RFU

While the club has Diss RFC Vixens youth teams for girls it has been without a senior ladies side for several years.

This month it will be amongst those hosting a ‘warrior camp’ as part of England Rugby’s Inner Warrior campaign that aims to boost grassroots women’s rugby participation offering fun taster sessions for women who want to try out the sport before joining their local club.

James Stanley, Diss RFC director of female rugby, said: “We are offering women a less daunting way to step out of their comfort zone with a fun introduction to rugby.

“We are also hoping to restart a ladies team and so having a complete pathway from female youth rugby through and into adults.”

Diss RFC Vixens currently has youth teams but hopes to revive an adult ladies team as it hosts one of the England Rugby’s Inner Warrior campaign camps this month. Picture: Diss RFUDiss RFC Vixens currently has youth teams but hopes to revive an adult ladies team as it hosts one of the England Rugby’s Inner Warrior campaign camps this month. Picture: Diss RFU

Mr Stanley said the first ladies Vixens team were successful and played matches against local teams Southwold and Bury St Edmunds, and also a beach 7s tournament around 2011.

“When they lost their coach it fizzled out,” he said. “At that time there was no youth girls’ teams like we have today to feed through into a ladies team.”

The ‘Warrior Camp’, taking place on January 23 from 7pm at the club’s ground on Bellrope Lane in Roydon, aims to encourage local women and girls to try out playing rugby, and will teach introductory skills and drills as part of a non-committal fun evening.

Club coach Simon Reed said: “Rugby attracts a wide variety of people from all walks of life. The wide range of different playing positions each requires a different set of skills and attributes, and as such rugby is an incredibly inclusive sport which has contributed to it being one of the fastest growing female team sports in England.

“Diss RFC Vixens recognise it can be scary not knowing anyone when you first try an activity, which is why they are encouraging women to bring a friend to the Warrior Camp.

“Rugby also offers women the chance to build new friendships with like-minded people through a shared passion for breaking barriers and trying new experiences.”

• Any girls/ ladies interested in attending the camp or giving rugby a try can contact the club at dissvixensrfc@gmail.com or dissrugbyclub@yahoo.co.uk

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