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
"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