Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 15.40.00WOMEN and girls are officially more active.

The latest Active People Survey reveals the number of people playing sport regularly has increased and more women are getting active.

Less than a year into the ‘This Girl Can’ behaviour change campaign, the number of women playing sport and getting active once a week has increased nationally by 148,700.

5,131 participants were helped and supported in sport and physical activity sessions during the past year by the Council’s Darlington Move More Team with 58% (2,975) of them being female – which supports this upward trend from January 2015 – December 2016… more in attached press release.

The Darlington Move More Team have delivered various successful projects specifically targeting females including; Back to Netball, Couch to 5K, This Girl Can events and are looking to launch ‘Scrum Down, Scrub Up’, an event to encourage females to get involved in rugby this weekend.

Scrum Down Scrub Up event

Women and Girl’s aged 16-24 are invited to an introduction to Rugby event at Darlington RFC, Blackwell Meadows, to encourage female participation in the sport, on Saturday 16 January at 10.00am.

The event encourages ladies to scrum down and scrub up, and get involved in the game of Rugby.

The event will start with an introductory rugby session, delivered by RFU Community Coaches.  The session is suitable for beginners and complete newcomers to give them an insight into the sport and meet some current players from Darlington RFC. Special guest, Tamara Taylor, who was a vital part of England Women’s World Cup winning squad in 2014 and continues to be a strong presence within the England Women’s set up, recently captaining England throughout the 2015 Six Nations and who currently plays her club rugby locally for the Darlington Mowden Park Sharks in the Women’s Premiership, will be at the session and will get involved throughout the day.  Participants will have the chance to ask any questions they might have and find out what it’s like to lift the World Cup!

The event will be focus on enjoyment and having a go. All the ladies will then be provided with a FREE lunch, followed by complimentary nail treatments in the afternoon, provided by Darlington Nail Bar.