After a successful day recruiting at Sports Fayre we were keen to see some new faces for our taster session on Monday evening.
We had a fantastic turnout, with over 50 ladies of various abilities taking part. It was great to see so many ladies out who were new to the sport, as the majority of the team making up last year’s squad had never played prior to starting university.
They are now in a position to help encourage freshers and give advice on technical aspects of the game. It’s a testament to the coaching and the team ethos, to see how much their confidence has grown, as they now pass their knowledge onto these new potential teammates.
The taster session was split into new and experienced players. The experienced group focused on exploiting spaces in the defence and breaking the gain line. This developed teamwork as the ladies needed to work as a team to maintain the defensive line, and support each other in attack. This was done through small sided touch games.
The new players were introduced to the contact elements of rugby through various warm-up activities designed to improve confidence. They were taught some basics of tackling and went into a game situation where they were able to put new skills into practice.
It was lovely to see everyone having fun and laughing and having spoken to many of the ladies that evening it’s clear that they were looking forward to their next training session!