The Boot Camp led by Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer Wiz Lees, kicked off the teams pre-season training programme and provided an opportunity for players to get together for some team-building after the spring break. The session took place on Shap playing field and involved military-style exercises adapted to test and improve the speed, power and skills required in rugby. As well as bringing together existing players, the event also attracted a number of new faces who were given the chance to meet the team and have some fun away from the rugby club, and it is hoped that all of those new recruits will soon be joining the Eagles on the pitch.
Cumbrian Girls Can have also featured the Eagles in a week of Facebook blog posts about starting women's rugby in the region, as part of their community-led initiative to support, encourage and inspire women to become active, bringing the 'This Girl Can' attitude to Cumbria. One of the players profiled was Bella Sunter, aged 19. When asked to state the best thing about playing rugby, Eagles' Winger Bella said: “I've met loads of lovely girls, and gained many friends for life. Everyone is so supportive of each other. Since starting, I feel fitter and motivated. The girls push you to do your best! It’s the best thing I ever did.”
Women's rugby has been soaring in popularity throughout Cumbria and the Eagles plan to host a number of fitness and recruitment events throughout the season to attract more new players to the team. Vice Captain, Joanna Wilkinson, who plays on the Second Row said: “Everybody is welcome no matter shape, size or ability. Don’t be worried if you don’t know the rules we will teach you. Come join us and find your inner warrior, improve your self confidence, make friends and have fun.”
Women's training sessions take place on Wednesday evenings between 7.00pm and 8.30pm at Upper Eden Rugby Club and you don't need any experience to attend.
Anyone with enquiries about training, membership, recruitment or sponsorship opportunities should visit the Upper Eden Eagles social media pages, or email Katy Strong - firstname.lastname@example.org.