Premiership Rugby side Sale Sharks will give rugby-mad girls across Greater Manchester the chance to meet some of the game’s biggest names at a new summer camp designed just for girls.
A one-day conditioning course at the Sharks’ High Performance Centre, in Carrington, will kick off on August 25 and will be aimed at girls aged from 12 to 16.
Sharks first team stars will join Rugby Football Union (RFU) qualified coaches from the club’s award-winning community team at the camp.
And they’ll give the girls specialist coaching focused on game development, decision making and physical conditioning delivered through small-sided games and structured activities.
Darren Lamon, the lead coach for the Sale Sharks camps, said the girls and coaches alike can take inspiration from the performance of the Team GB women’s rugby sevens team, who secured fourth place at the Rio Olympics.
He said: “This camp is a great chance for girls across Manchester to get specialist coaching.
“Our coaches will be working with the girls to increase their knowledge and understanding of what is required to develop their fitness and performance. And some of our first team players will be there to get involved and help with the coaching too.
“The women’s rugby sevens team have been incredible at the Olympics. It’s inspired us and I’m sure it will have inspired lots of girls to take up rugby too. This camp is a great chance for them to see what the game is all about.”
First team players such as Wales and British and Irish Lions star Mike Phillips and England forward Josh Beaumont will attend a total of 18 sessions across the North West, giving children the chance to get up close with some of the biggest stars of Premiership Rugby.
“These rugby camps are great fun and we run them right across the region to give young people an opportunity to play rugby over the summer,” Darren added.
“They really are where young sharks cut their teeth.”
All training is based around Rugby Football Union’s (RFU) KidsFirst rules – and based on Sale Sharks’ own coaching philosophy: “A player centred approach to coaching, focused on core skill development and delivered through adaptive games.”
The Carrington camp, which is being run in conjunction with Premiership Rugby, costs £40 per child and that price includes a Sale Sharks branded gift and as well as a ticket to a Sharks home game.
For more information on Sale Sharks’ rugby camps, visit http://www.salesharks.com/community/rugby-camps