Hartlepool Rovers hail first female coaching camp a success
Hartlepool Rovers Women and Girls first coaching camp has been hailed a huge success with a high volume of females in attendance.
Hartlepool Rovers ran a two day coaching camp for players with the help of guest coaches, Phil Wallis and Jon Benson, RFU Community Rugby Coaches.
Although the camp was an open invitation event it seemed to attract only Rovers Women and Girls – but that was not a problem as 20 girls and around 25 Women turned out.
Darren Smith, Women and Girls Coach said; “This was a great opportunity for us to really focus on areas we would not normally have the time to do.
“We were able to split the ladies and girls up across the two days and focus on principles of play and problem solving in game focused scenarios.
“Importantly, we were also able to micro coach some areas such as: scrummaging, technique and set back plays.”
Pictured: Micro coaching with DMP Player and Rovers Coach, Emily Hunter
Aside from the practical based coaching, players were given theory sessions looking at referee signals and laws of the game to improve their understanding of the game.
Smith added: “The camp was a huge success with all the participants coming away from it having learnt a lot about rugby but also having had a really good time as a squad.
“Players were able to get to know each other as well as the game of rugby which is equally important for a new team such as ours.
“It was an intense couple of days but it has put us in a better position for the upcoming season in a league.”
It was not all hard work and concentration for the Rovers Women and Girls as they washed the day down with a water fight.
Although Coach Darren Smith has recently returned from his own coaching camp alongside Eddie Jones, England Rugby Coach he welcomed the help from RFU guest coaches adding that their skill and experience gives the ladies a new voice and ideas.
It was not only a weekend of learning for players as the Rovers coaches were able to spend quality time together sharing ideas and working closely to help continue to build the foundations of the teams.
After such success in their first year, Smith claimed that the camp will most certainly return next year.
The camp adds another bullet point on the list of things the Rovers Ladies have completed to raise the profile of their team.
Smith added: “We normally train on weekday evenings when the club house is closed so hosting the camp at the weekend was a chance to show our success to regulars who were able to see the number of women and girls at the club.”
Hartlepool Rovers play their first pre-season friendly on Sunday, 13 at home against Sunderland Flames and open their doors once again for their Inner Warrior camp on August, 23.
By Clarissa Murphy