Ladies - Looking for fun, friendship and fitness?

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Sam Alderson, the Western Area player/manager in action at the Army v Navy match 2017
Yeovilton area player/manager, Emily Park enjoying a rugby coaching session Oct 16

The Royal Navy Rugby Union is delighted to announce the launch of a new initiative - Women's Rugby Development. With Women's Rugby attracting more and more players every week and quickly becoming the fastest growing Women's Sport in the UK the RNRU are keen to get a piece of the action! So this season a new Women's Rugby coaching programme has been developed by the RNRU Rugby Development Officer, Ady Cherrington, and RNRU Women's Team Manager, Jane West (Jane.west549@mod.uk)

The coaching programme is designed for absolute beginners, returning players and experienced players alike. The weekly sessions will take place at regional hubs - in Plymouth, Yeovilton and the Portsmouth area, with the same sessions being delivered in each venue in order to ensure that those travelling between bases or attending courses can attend the full programme wherever they are. The training will be delivered by the Community Rugby Coaches in the East and the West, Dave Wakefield and Spider Kelly, with assistance from other RNRU/RFU trained coaches.

RNRU Women's XV players have volunteered to be the regional player/managers to co-ordinate local players and be the point of contact for any questions or queries. If you are in the West Country then Sam Alderson is your lead (aldersons198@mod.uk), near Yeovilton then contact Emily Park (parke750@mod.uk) and in the Portsmouth area Lauren Salisbury is the person to speak with (lozsalisbury@outlook.com).

The coaching programme is detailed below.

Date Session West East Yeovilton
06/09/17

Introduction & Tackle

Keyham 1800

Sultan 1730

Heron 1600

27/09/17

Scrum & Lineout

Keyham 1800

Collingwood 1730

Heron 1600

30/09/17

Training Weekend

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HMS Temeraire

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04/10/17

Handling & Lines of Running

Keyham 1800

Collingwood 1730 Heron 1600
11/10/17

Taking Ball into Contact & Game Scenario

Keyham 1800 Temeraire 1730 Heron 1600
01/11/17

Back Alignment

Keyham 1800

Temeraire 1730

Heron 1600
08/11/17

The Maul

Keyham 1800 Collingwood 1730 Heron 1600
15/11/17

The Ruck

Keyham 1800

Sultan 1730

Heron 1600
29/11/17

Continuity at the Breakdown

Keyham 1800

Temeraire 1730

Heron 1600
06/12/17

Ruck & Maul

Keyham 1800

Collingwood 1730

Heron 1600
13/12/17

Defending Our Try Line

Keyham 1800

Temeraire 1730

Heron 1600
20/12/17

Kicking

Keyham 1800

Sultan 1730

Heron 1600
10/01/17

The Re-Start & Set Piece

Keyham 1800 TBC Heron 1600
17/01/17

Continuity in Attack/Backs Attach Set Piece

Keyham 1800 TBC Heron 1600
07/02/17 Creating Pods/Game Scenario Keyham 1800 TBC Heron 1600
14/02/17

Defensive Play

Keyham 1800 TBC Heron 1600
21/02/17 Recap - Game Plan Keyham 1800 TBC Heron 1600


In addition to these regular coaching sessions, the RNRU have entered a team to play in the Army Women's Corps League. This will enable players to get the opportunity to put their new or refreshed skills into practice in a fun, friendly environment. Each side entered in the league is only permitted to play 5 capped players so this allows developing players the chance to improve their game in a less-intense, properly supervised match. The Army League matches are scheduled as detailed on the fixtures page.

So if you are interested in taking up a new sport, making new friends or just fancy a bit of fitness training and/or something different, contact the player/manager for your region and come along to the next coaching session on Wednesday. We look forward to seeing you there.

Images Royal Navy Rugby Union © John Walton Keith Woodland and Mark Andrews