It has been around and growing for a couple of years.
There is lots of interest in this new(ish) approach to the game.
Walking Rugby is exactly that - a walking sport.....! Tackling is by two hands touch , play stops and restarts immediately with a pass. Penalties are awarded for the usual infringement, offside, deliberate knock on, 'over zealous touching', running and overly aggressive play.
Teams can be between 3 - 10 and the pitch is generally 25 X 40 metres (ish) but this can be modified according to numbers and space....Over 6 aside can use non contested scrums with two from each side and a scrum half.
Despite the 'older players game perceived approach' this the game is quite fast, enthusiastic and competitive. Ideal for those who thought they would never hold a rugby ball again, players returning from injury, disabled, special needs and is open to both men and women. It is also being encouraged by schools and the wider local communities especially by Bristol Rugby.
Bristol Rugby are the perfect role model, it has huge support and considerable funding. Reading RFC has led the initial charge and this has rubbed off on others. They developed the Guidance Rules of the game and have opened their session to all age groups and genders. Salisbury is equally enthusiastic, forward thinking and growing with massive encouragement from the Club. Salisbury held the first ever inter club Festival against Bristol in May, a great day and will act as an encouragement to all concerned to hold their own Festivals. Salisbury are now expanding into the local community.
The local sports council would now like to pilot in our area and so we are keen to support this.
Please get in contact if you'd like to get involved, frustrated ex player who still like to play but can't do full on then get involved, just want some different fitness and above better fun than the treadmill .....
Updated 18:08 - 12 Sep 2017 by Mike Banfield