England ladies rugby heroine Emily Scarratt is bringing her skills to Champneys with her exciting two-day boot camp retreat. Here, we caught up with the former World Cup Winner…
Your scrum and spa boot camp is new to Champneys. What can you tell our readers about it?
This boot camp is designed to give those attending a unique experience and insight into the world of professional rugby. Women's rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in the country and this boot camp will look to replicate sessions completed by the team on their way to the World Cup, but also offer some great opportunities to work as a team and have lots of fun. This camp is designed to be whatever people want to make of it... whether that be a really tough physical challenge, or to simply try something new while having a lot of fun!
How did the idea for a scrum and spa boot camp come about?
Women's rugby has enjoyed ever growing support and popularity in recent years and this was a different way of allowing people to experience what it's like to be a part of such a wonderful sport. Rugby has a fantastically long and great tradition and its key values are; Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship. The boot camp will demonstrate those great values as well as the unique environments and relationships that team sports hold.
Is the boot camp suitable for those that are new to rugby?
Yes definitely! This isn't a rugby camp but a camp with rugby at its heart. Dependent on the group, the camp will involve some fun rugby like activities and games but it certainly doesn't require any previous ability or knowledge - just a positive 'give it a go' attitude.
What would you say are the main reasons to take part in your boot camp? What are the key benefits?
For me being a part of a team is extremely special and exercising through games and activities with others is not only a lot easier but when something is fun and engaging you will find you get so much more out of it.
To give our readers an idea of your experience in the sport, can you outline some of your key moments and achievements in rugby?
I played a variety of different sports while growing up and started playing rugby when I was five-years-old at Leicester Forest East RFC. I won my first cap in 2008 and have won five Six Nations titles, the most recent of which was in March 2017. I've been to two World Cups, winning the last in 2014. I have also been to a Sevens World Cup and most recently captained Great Britain at the Olympic Games. I love playing rugby and love having the opportunity to share how great the game it is with others.
Are you excited to be working with Champneys?
I am extremely excited to be working with such a great brand and thank them for the opportunity to do something different. Relaxing and recovering is a huge part of our day as an athlete and essential to being able to perform or train at the top level.