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Women’s Army/Navy Burpee Challenge for the NHS

Saturday 2nd May was to be a landmark day for the Women’s Army and Navy Rugby teams as they walked out to play their first inter services match at the home of English Rugby, Twickenham Stadium.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the match was called off causing the women’s hopes of making history in the iconic stadium this year be put on hold.

Instead of mulling over what could have been Army captain Erica Mills (RA) launched a campaign that saw both forces come together to raise money for the NHS Charities Together. Players and staff from the women’s squads set themselves the challenge of completing 82,000 burpees (the equivalent of the seating capacity at Twickenham Stadium). The response was phenomenal. Between both squads over 150,000 burpees were pledged and completed by 1630hrs on the day, the time that the women’s match would have kicked off.

The aim was to raise £10,000 for the NHS Charities Together but thanks to the overwhelming support of this initiative, the donations currently stand at over £18,000.

If you would like to contribute and get that total a little higher, there is still time. Visit

See the full article from Army Rugby.

Sky Sports and ITV both ran articles about the teams’ amazing achievement.