Here Come the Girls: Switch Camps 2018

Friday, 8th June 2018 @ 16:00

Harlequins set to hold two girls-only rugby camps to run this summer

This summer, Harlequins will be running two girls-only rugby camps for children aged 10-16. This will be the first time that the Club has launched two camps of this kind as part of its summer Community programme, and its inclusion is testament to the success of the Harlequins Foundation’s Switch initiative that seeks to grow the sport amongst school-aged girls.

Over the recent half-term, the Harlequins Foundation held a warm-up event for the summer camps which saw over 30 girls aged 10-16 from a range of local schools and clubs go to Wimbledon RFC for a training day.

Led by Senior Squad players Ellie Green and Rebecca Rowe, with the full support of Foundation Coaches, the girls participated in a range of skill-based games to help develop their handling, decision-making, and evasion abilities.

“It was a fantastic day and brilliant opportunity for girls of all levels to get involved with rugby and experience just a part of the superb work Harlequins is doing to promote girls rugby”, said Rowe.

Following training, the girls had the opportunity to sit down with the players over lunch, where they shared their inspiring rugby stories, and imparted insightful advice and technical coaching tips.

"It was really nice to see the young girls getting really stuck in", said Green. "It was clear that they really enjoyed themselves throughout the day."

The positive feedback from the day was not only shared by the coaches and players, but the parents of the girls:

“I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and your team for a fun and enjoyable rugby day. My daughter had a brilliant time, and she is looking forward to the next one.”

“All of the coaches were extremely enthusiastic, encouraging and all clearly love what they do. My daughter came home absolutely buzzing and itching to get out in the garden and throw a rugby ball around.”

A place on either of the two summer camps costs £35, and will run over two days. Dates and locations can be found below:

- Wimbledon RFC: 26th-27th July
- St John’s School, Leatherhead: 30th-31st August

To book a place on one of these camps, click here