Clubs around Devon are being encouraged to consider offering walking rugby.
Walking rugby is a slower, non-contact version of the game.
It is aimed at the over-55s (but open to anyone over 18) and to all genders.
It is particularly suited to retired players, those recovering from injury and illness, and those who wish to stay fit and active. It also helps people who experience mental health problems and those with identified and impacting disabilities.
Previous rugby experience can be helpful, but is by no means necessary and anyone is welcome to come along and give the game a try. Coaching, guidance and support will be given to all players.
This has been the case at Topsham RFC, who started a walking rugby programme in January 2017. It began with a handful of older men and women, but by the end of the first season there were 12 regular players. They now have 50 members/players, who play on Tuesdays at 6pm and Thursdays at 5pm (with drinks in the members bar afterwards).
Topsham’s John Carroll said: “It’s competitive, social and good fun and open to all levels of fitness and skill. We have players recovering from heart surgery, suffering with Parkinson’s, trauma and all manner of minor ailments, we have a Paralympian as well, and they all say walking rugby really helps them.@
Topsham have helped several clubs find their feet in establishing a walking rugby section.
Topsham are happy to provide taster sessions at any club which is considering starting walking rugby.
If any clubs or individuals want more information on walking rugby please contact: -
Tim Ridgeway on 07540 086292 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
HERE ARE THE MAIN WALKING RUGBY RULES
• The game is split into four 5 minute (or longer by agreement) quarters, 2 minute breaks for rehydration between each
• Up to 7 players a side, with rolling substitutes
• Players must not run or jog while the game is in action
• The ball must be passed backwards or transverse (not forward)
• A try is scored by carrying the ball with both feet over the try line
• Knock-on if the ball is knocked forward and hits another player or the ground, deliberate knock on is a penalty
• Turnover if the ball hits the ground going backwards
• Tackle is a two-handed touch to the ball carrier (shoulders down to shorts, including arms)
• Tackled player must pass the ball, within one pace from the spot they were tackled, without delay
• Defence must not interfere with the first pass following a tackle
• Ball in touch the other side re-start with a pass from the point where the ball crossed the touch line
• Turnover, penalty or other in-field re-start: the player re-starting must tap the ball with foot or knee and may then walk or pass, on-side defenders may advance
• Uncontested two-person scrums for knock on/forward pass with 6 or more players a side
DEVON CLUBS CURRENTLY OFFERING WALKING RUGBY
Venue: Exhibition Road, Crediton EX17 1BY
Days: Friday evenings at 6:30pm but keep an eye on the CRFC social media!.
Contact: Philip Thitchener 07774 858530
Venue: Norton Playing Fields, Wessex Way, TQ6 0JL (behind the leisure centre, park in overflow car park).
Days: Thursday nights (6pm, likely to move to 5.30pm in winter).
Contact: David Bradley at email@example.com
Venue: Exhibition Fields, Summer Ln, Whipton, Exeter EX4 8NT
Days: Saturday Morning at 10:30am
Contact: Neil Leech firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue: Cross-in-Hand, Ivybridge
Days: Saturday mornings 10.45am-12noon
Contact: Neil Thomson 07306 363103 or email@example.com
Venue: King George V Playing Fields, Haye Road, Elburton, Plymouth, PL9 8HR
Days: Tuesday afternoon from 2.30am to 4.30, (starting 17 March and Fridays from 6.30pm to 8pm (starting in April 2020). Please note that the Tuesday session also contains a Health & Wellbeing section.
Contact: Dave Glastonbury 07905 447323 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue: Bonfire Field, Topsham, EX3 0LY
Days: Playing on Mondays at 6pm (summer)/ Tuesdays 6pm (winter) and Thursdays (5pm) outdoors on grass and under floodlights for the winter. With training for newcomers half an hour before.
Contact: John Carroll on 01392 926561, email email@example.com
PLYMOUTH ALBION RFC
Venue: Brickfields, 25 Damerel Close, Plymouth, PL1 4NE
Days: Friday nights (6pm until end of October)
Venue: Raleigh Park, Hulham Road, Exmouth EX8 3HS
Days: Friday nights (6:30pm)
Contact: Rick Libbey 07909 686479 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
IF YOUR CLUB WANTS TO START A WALKING RUGBY GROUP OR HAVE STARTED ONE AND WANT TO BE INCLUDED ON THIS LIST THEN CONTACT email@example.com