FEMALE rugby enthusiasts are being urged to ‘Pitch up and Play’ in a free rugby session coached by Worcester Ladies and Scottish Captain Tracy Balmer on Sunday (June 7).
The event, organised by the Rugby Football Union, will be hosted by Five Ways Old Edwardians RFC in Ash Lane, Hopwood, as a way to attract even more women to the sport.
Participation in women’s rugby has doubled over the last ten years with England’s women the current Rugby World Cup holders.
Pitch up and Play celebrates feminine toughness and aims to empower women through sport with Tracy hoping to see a further increase in the numbers playing.
“There is a growing number of women involved but we need to get rugby on people’s radar,” she said.
“Taster days such as this show the social side to the sport which can be great and I am really looking forward to the day which will be very light-hearted and an opportunity to make friends as well as play some sport.”
The session will be open to women over the age of 18, of all abilities and will include skills, fitness and match play with an introduction to tackling.
Tracy added: “Tackling is the funnest thing about rugby so we will have a basic introduction to that but it will be nothing too scary.”
The session will run between 10.30am and 12.30pm whilst www.englandrugby.com/pitchupandplay has further details.