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UVA Coach Leads Football Camp for Women

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It wasn't your average girls' night out. Friday night, the University of Virginia's head football coach, Mike London, gave a group of women a taste of what it's like to be a player on his team.

"Yea it's kind of a twist on girls' night out," said Debra Fields, who participated in the camp.

It was Football 101 on UVA's indoor field, as hundreds of women showed up for London's fourth women's football camp.

"It's been growing every year and a lot of return campers and a lot of excitement and enthusiasm as you can hear," London said.

A lot of rookies showed up too, trying to get in on the excitement.

"I'm all for fun and exercise and just getting out with friends," Fields said.

"It's about having fun. It's about having people that you know, your neighbors your co-workers, come and enjoy your evening where it's just you. You don't have to feel like you're going to be judged by a question or an answer," London said.

But there is more to the camp than just fun.

"Just to make sure women who go to football games can have an articulate conversation with their significant other, that they can ask questions about what's going on and not feel intimidated by the answer," London said.

Campers learned the ins and outs of football techniques. They even got in on some drill action - including high knees, jumping jacks and even some tackling - all to get a glimpse at what playing on the team is really like.

"It's exciting. Hopefully we get to see behind the scenes for how the guys prepare for the season, I look forward to that," said Caroline Darney, who participated in the camp.

Friday's camp was the first of its kind that was held in the new George Welsh indoor practice facility.

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