Northampton Saints’ community coaches will be joined by members of the Loughborough Lightning squad at the Club’s girls’ residential camp for the first time next summer.
The Allianz Premier XVs side will head to Stowe School for the camp next August – Saints have been hosting residential rugby camps at Stowe for over a decade, and first introduced the four-day girls only rugby camp back in 2018.
But 2022 will mark another first at Stowe, as Lightning’s players – including the likes of England internationals Sarah Hunter, Emily Scarrett, Detysha Harper, Helena Rowland, Lark Davies and Sadia Kabeya – will help deliver a day of coaching as well as a Q&A session at the girls’ camp, which begins on Monday 1 August.
“We’ve been building our grassroots girls rugby programmes at the Club for a number of years, and we’re delighted to be adding something new for 2022,” said Saints’ Head of Community, Connor Fleming.
“The Saints first-team squad have been coming along to Stowe camps for a number of years, and it has always been a real highlight for the boys’ residential camps.
“We’ve had some fantastic guest coaches at the girls’ residential camp in the past – including Loughborough captain Sarah Hunter last year – but having the whole Lightning squad in attendance this year will be incredibly special for the girls on our course.”
Northampton have worked hard to develop girls’ rugby within the Club’s region in recent seasons, with over 1,600 players participating in the Saints 7s Series since the first girls-only U15s festivals began in 2012.
The Club’s girls-only summer residential rugby camps at Stowe School have increased participants by over 200% over the last three years, while every season thousands of girls benefit from the coaching in schools and matchday festivals delivered by Saints’ Community Team.
“Having coached at Stowe before, I’m really looking forward to taking the rest of the squad along next summer,” said Hunter, one of Saints’ Women’s Rugby Ambassadors.
“There is so much talent within the region when it comes to young female rugby players, and it’s fantastic that our Lightning / Saints team can play a part in their development.”Sarah Hunter
“Running out at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens last month for the first time in my career with England was a very special experience indeed – I hope we might see a few future Red Roses coming along to this girls’ residential camp at Stowe in August!”
The only residential rugby camp of its kind in the country, Saints return to Stowe School in the summer of 2022 – and places for both girls and boys are on sale now.
Stowe Residential Rugby Camps Dates 2022
- Girls only four-day residential: Monday 1 August to Thursday 4 August (12-17 years), £380*
- Boys three-day residential: Tuesday 2 August to Thursday 4 August (9-12 years), £350*
- Boys five-day residential: Monday 8 August to Friday 12 August (12-17 years), £475*
* All prices inc VAT and are subject to a £2.50 booking fee.