Walking Rugby

What is Walking Rugby all about?

Walking rugby is a socially inclusive fun activity which was originally aimed at people over the age of 50 regardless of experience, ability, race, religion or gender. The original aim was to tackle loneliness, mental health issues and general lack of well-being but the game has expanded and many ex-players are now playing.

Do I have to have any former playing experience?

No, none at all, all the rules will be explained and you will be coached in the rudiments of the game.

Is it competitive?

It’s as competitive as you want it to be in terms of how much you get involved in both attacking and defence. More clubs are forming and taking part in festivals but it’s not about winning, it’s about taking part.

Are there any examples of any former internationals playing walking rugby?

Yep, one of the most fearless players to have ever represented Wales - JPR Williams, who recently played at the Principality Stadium as part of WRU Inclusive Rugby Festival. Good enough for you?

Taff's Well Rugby Club walking rugby

Legendary full-back JPR Williams turning out for Pontyclun walking rugby at the Principality Stadium

Is it only for men?

Certainly not, walking rugby is a mixed gender game and women are encouraged to play at all times.

Is there an age limit?

No there isn’t and many players are well into their 70’s and proving their worth. We actively encouraging the over 50's to participate but you can play at any age providing you are willing to enter into the ethos of the game.

Which surface will it be played on?

At Taff’s Well RFC, we are very lucky as we have grass rugby pitches and a tarmac parking area which can be used in the event of bad weather plus we are looking into the use of a very good surface nearby for winter playing.

Do you use a normal sized rugby ball?

Yes, the game will be played with a full-sized rugby ball.

Can you tackle someone?

Not in the physical sense, no. ‘Tackles’ are completed when a player is touched around the hips or shoulders with both hands.

How far can I carry the ball for?

As long as you like, providing you don't get 'tackled' or you don't jog or run or transgress the rules in any way.

What if I don’t know the rules of the game?

The rules are very simple and you will pick them up very quickly.

What if I’m not comfortable with attending a session because I don’t know anyone?

Contact us to say you will be there and we will make sure you are greeted and chaperoned until you feel more comfortable.

Do I have to be a member of Taff’s Well RFC?

No, you don’t have to be but we would recommend you join to get the benefits available to members.

Will there be any matches against other clubs?

As walking rugby is set to grow, we hope to be able to play social games against other clubs.

Will there be in participation in walking rugby festivals?

There are several festivals held in Wales with more in England and we intend to foster relationships outside of Cardiff to get the most out of playing walking rugby.

Walking rugby in Cardiff

Taff's Well's own star full-back Phil Steele being put through his walking rugby paces

How long are the games?

Organised matches tend to be played in four quarters and five minute periods with a minute break in between quarters. Training sessions can vary and depend on numbers but adequate time is allowed for drink breaks and recovery periods.

Is kicking the ball allowed?

No, only handling.

Are there scrums or lineouts?

Not in Wales but the English clubs tend to have passive scrums as a way of tying in defenders and the rules may vary a little from what's accepted in Wales.

Will I be fit enough to play?

Playing should always be on your doctor’s advice and you should be able to walk easily, throw and catch a ball. Fitness comes with repetitive exercise and you will find that you will contribute more as the weeks move on.

I played at a good standard of rugby and I’m not sure I feel comfortable with walking rugby.

If you played at a higher level than JPR Williams, you may have a case but other than that – get over it and get down here before you miss out. It’s all about having the opportunity to swing a rugby ball about, break into a sweat, make new friends, meet old ones and get fit in the process!

When do you play?

The first session is scheduled for Monday 3rd June at 7.00pm and every subsequent Monday after that. The weather will decide whether we play on grass or in the car park.

What do I need?

Some decent footwear to run around in i.e. trainers (for grass or tarmac if the field is too wet), plus liquids to re-hydrate, something waterproof if the weather is too wet, £2 for subs and oh...a good sense of humour.

Does it cost anything?

We will charge £2 per session but the money will be put into the development of the walking rugby section.

Sponsorship

Interested in sponsoring our walking rugby? We're looking for companies or individuals who are willing to back the latest rugby innovation which is attracting more and more older people back to picking up a rugby ball. Drop us a line to discuss how we can discuss your support.

What do I do next?

Please request to join our Facebook page so we can let you know what's happening. If you haven't got access to Facebook or an email address, just turn up on the night and we will take it from there.


- KO: Mon. 3rd June 6.30pm -

Facebook:  Taffs Well RFC Walking Rugby

email: walkingrugby@taffswellrfc.co.uk

 

Personal contact details:

Dave Beese 07974 361016  davecbwales@gmail.com

Teri Knight  07515 643662  terik@gmail.com