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First girls only camp a huge success

4th September 2017

More than 50 girls from across Cardiff Blues region took part in our first girls only camp on Friday, which proved a huge success.

The aspiring players worked on a variety of rugby skills at the camp, which was run in conjunction with the Welsh Rugby Union, with an emphasis on fun.

Players from both Cardiff Blues Women and the men’s first team attended the one-day event at Cardiff Arms Park.

Cardiff Blues Community Manager Nadine Griffiths said: “It was great to welcome so many girls onto our first ever girls only camp here at the Arms Park.

“Hopefully it has inspired them to follow their rugby heroes and one day pull on a Blues Women’s shirt in the future. 

“It is great to be able to hold the camp at Wales Women’s home for Six Nations matches and with the great coverage of the recent Women’s Rugby World we are looking forward to seeing more and more girls inspired to take up the sport.”

The Blues and WRU currently run eight cluster centres around the region for girls aged between 6-15 years-old, which more than 1,000 have attended.

Offering touch, tag and contact for all, with a focus on fun and skill development they are the perfect opportunity to start out in the sport. 

Cluster centres, April-August (Cardiff Blues region)

  •     Capitals, Llandaff North
  •  Mariners, Old Pens
  •  Islanders, Barry
  • Bridgers, Llantwit Fardre
  • Miners, Ystrad Rhondda
  •  Timbers, Aberdare
  • Steelers, Merthyr
  • Red Kites, Gwernyfed

WRU Game Changer, Katy Evans said: “To be able to offer a girls-only rugby camp at such a prestigious venue is so inspiring for these young girls. 

“We have seen thousands of new girls trying rugby over the past two years in a new ‘spring-summer’ offering at girls’ only cluster centres which has been boosted by the Wales Women’s display at this year’s World Cup in Ireland. 

“The success of the cluster centres have highlighted the huge demand that is there for girls to play rugby and we must capitalise on this to ensure every girl has the opportunity to play rugby in an environment that suits them. 

“This camp is a great starting point for girls to be coached by Blues players at their home ground, inspiring them to follow in their footsteps.”

For more information about the camps the Cardiff Blues Community department hold please click here.