Walking Rugby

Walking Rugby is growing in Berkshire as Reading RFC's lead on this version of the sport is attracting new participants weekly. The daytime walking rugby sessions are at Woodford Park Sports Hall from 11.30 every Tuesday until the end of March 2017. The Wednesday evening sessions pitch up time is 19.30 at Reading RFC.

The promotional video can be viewed by clicking here.

Walking Rugby is a simplified version of Rugby suitable for all ages, abilities & genders and being a competitive passing game, suitable for ex-Rugby players, injured and rehabilitating current players and those interested in Rugby without any experience! Those past retirement age can still indulge in their passion without the full-on contact - or those wishing to keep up their activity levels can try a new sport. Walking Rugby is a great leveller and you do not need to be fit – we can work on that together. You do need a certain degree of mobility but as we are open to all genders and ages – a ‘team’ means you all work as one.


What you need to know: 
No running – walking determined by one foot on the ground at any time when in motion 
No contact – similar to ‘touch rugby’ rules – two hands on shorts is all the contact made which qualifies as a tackle. 
No Mauls or Rucks or Lineouts 
Scrummaging – max 3 players per team stood in upright standing position and non-contested. 
Passing backwards or lateral – offside rules apply 
A try requires no bending – you walk across the try line ball in hand.


We want to encourage people outside of the Rugby fraternity to come along and join in. If it sounds a bit too easy for you as an ex or injured player consider to try reaching the try line when your automatic reaction is to run and you can only walk…with someone walking very quickly behind you. It does look funny at times but is a very effective way of raising your heart rate. A typical session increases your daily step count by between 4,500 and 8,000 (depending on numbers per team).



You will seek to work with your team mates to score a try – not done by standing still or ploughing forwards with the ball in hand. You have to weave, twist, turn and pass – what the walking does though is it enables those of varying levels of ability, strength, age and fitness etc. to compete equally against each other. Come along, bring some friends and give it a try.


Trainers with a good tread or suitable boots (weather dependant) and training type clothes – that’s it! Oh and bring some water – you will need it. We do a warm-up before the session, so if you have any injuries – let us know so we can be considerate of that. Check with your doctor first if you are in doubt.


At the moment we are looking for contributions of £2.50 per session – every ten attendances earns you a free one. This also includes a cup of tea or coffee and thrown in for free is a good chinwag after the session. However, take up rugby club social membership and the outdoor sessions are free.


Please get in touch with any further queries – walkingrugby@readingrfc.co.uk
Mike Wickson 01189 9695999
Sharon Fleming 07831238784 (text or call)



Updated 14th January 2017

Berkshire RFU


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