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 defending. More clubs are forming and taking part in festivals, but it’s not about winning, it’s about taking part.

The Pacemakers

When we play other clubs, we are known as The Pacemakers and we have our own specially designed kit thanks to generous sponsors. Outside of the COVID pandemic, the WRU hold a walking rugby festival every month at different venues.

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 where trainers are ok on dry ground, but we'd advise as to getting some cheap football boots to get better grip.

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?

You will eventually be required to join TW RFC for insurance purposes and you are free to use all the facilities and use your club discount behind the bar.

Will there be any matches against other clubs?

Yes, we play against other teams and enter the WRU festivals which are held around in Wales which include the Principality Stadium.

Will there be any 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 are ten minutes long comprising of two five minutes halves.

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?

Through the winter months, we will be holding our sessions on Saturday mornings at 11.00am - check our Facebook page times before attending,

What do I need?

Some decent football boots to run around in i.e. trainers (are ok for summer months - plus liquids to re-hydrate, something waterproof if the weather is too wet. Oh... and bring a sense of humour.

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.


Training Sessions

Training sessions are held on Saturday mornings 11.00 - 12.00 pm at the rugby club.

COVID 19 Awareness: To attend a session, you will need to undertake the Word Rugby COVID 19 Awareness Course online through  https://playerwelfare.worldrugby.org/covid-19   and forward the digital certificate to: -  davecbwales@gmail.co.uk

For insurance purposes, you are required to join Taff's Well RFC  online through    www.wrugamelocker.wales      

On the day of the walking rugby session, you are required to use the symptom checker on your World Rugby account that you would have opened.

More information can be found on our Facebook page:  Taffs Well RFC Walking Rugby

 

Walking Rugby Contact:

Dave Beese 07974 361016  davecbwales@gmail.com

 


 

Our Sponsors

We are indebted to our sponsors who are:   

  • Taff Ely Primary Care 
  • Thomas Health Management
  • Nat West Bank
  • Fagins Craft Beer House & Art Cafe

Thank you so much for your support