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England captain Spencer wants to get more women into rugby

26 April 2010

  • England captain to lead coaching session for Bristol students
  • Rugby being used as a tool to get more women Fit & Fabulous

England captain Catherine Spencer is involved in the Fit and Fabulous campaign


England captain Catherine Spencer is hoping to get more women into rugby as she joins the University of Bristol’s Fit and Fabulous campaign and the RFUW’s Legacy programme.

Fit and Fabulous is an initiative with the aim of getting female students and staff not currently engaged with activity active and attractive.

The campaign is all about offering new opportunities for girls in a fun, flexible and female-friendly environment. So far the programme has offered self defence classes, free gym inductions and a mass aerobic class with more than 120 girls taking part.

Now it’s the turn of rugby and what better time to get more women into the game than with the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010 (WRWC) just around the corner.

England and Bristol No. 8 Spencer will be leading a taster session on the Bristol Downs on May 2 for students to sample the basics of women’s rugby and to provide them with a pathway to the University of Bristol’s WRFC and local clubs beyond university. Following the coaching session there will also be a question and answer session with Spencer.

With the WRWC being hosted by England from August 20 to September 5 this RFUW legacy project is aiming to promote the event and at the same time providing an accessible route for new players, volunteers and clubs.

Spencer, who led England to a record breaking fifth successive RBS 6 Nations title this year, said: "I’m really pleased to be part of the 'Fit and Fabulous' project. I have been fortunate enough to have a very active lifestyle and I am keen to help promote this.

"Rugby is a great game; it has a position to suit any size or shape, small or large, so from that perspective it is a very inclusive sport. There could be many 'stars' of rugby out there who don’t yet know it. I’m very excited to be meeting the girls and to be introducing them to a new sport."

Legacy Project Officer Julie Price said: "University life is all about trying new things and the university pathway has proved instrumental in getting young women involved in the sport, with the likes of Joanna McGilchrist playing for England after picking up her first rugby ball at university. And it’s fantastic to have someone like Catherine involved, as not only is she a world class rugby player but she is a brilliant ambassador for the game."

The WRWC takes place at Guildford’s Surrey Sports Park, with the semi finals and the finals staged at Twickenham’s Stoop. Tickets are now on sale via