Date: Friday June 7, 2019 at 12:41pm
Do you long to be part of a team? Did you miss the
camaraderie of the armed forces? Feel trapped by your body or mind? Maybe Mixed
Ability sport can set you free.
Mixed Ability Rugby is a new format of rugby, designed to
include ALL abilities, disabilities and levels of player. It’s contact AND non-contact
rugby in the same game which can include players of all abilities from beginner
to ‘need-to-get-fit-veteran’ and ‘done-my-acl-so-need-to-be-careful-person’!
The whole objective of MA is to provide a fun, inclusive,
supportive framework for people to try rugby, get fit, make friends &
improve their motor skills on a weekly basis. Teams have been springing up all
over the country in the last few years, with the oldest being established over
20 years ago. It even has its own World Club Championship, called IMART, which
next year heads to Cork.
Worcester Mixed Ability Rugby was set up just over 2 years ago
and has brought nearly 50 new players, of all abilities, back into rugby and
provides a pathway to play at whatever level they feel comfortable. Many of
these have gone on to play for the club’s 2nds and 3rds team as well as the MA
team, providing a much-needed boost to the local rugby club. They even won ‘Team
of the Year’ in 2018 in recognition of the difference they’d made.
WMA has a wide range of ages, from 19-50 something… as well
as a broad range of abilities; players with depression, social anxiety,
dyspraxia, dyslexia, learning & physical disabilities, PTSD & many more
besides regularly enjoy a session.
Sol says “Having been
with the Royal Artillery & having enjoyed the sense of camaraderie that you
find when you serve, I’ve since always felt a certain lack of brotherhood in
everyday life… But after losing my father, I wanted to do something new and I
found WMA. I can honestly say that from the very first session, I was truly
hooked and found that same bond that I had with the guys and girls that I
served with 20 years ago.”
Mixed Ability rugby has had a great impact on my life. I’ve had historic mental
health challenges, long term injuries & MA rugby provides a great
camaraderie, the opportunity for new friendships and a way back into a sport I
Mixed Ability Rugby is a fast-growing sport with teams
popping up all over the UK and an international competition taking place every
few years. Google ‘IMAS’ to find out more information.
NOTE; Worcester Mixed
Ability Rugby train Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-7pm at Worcester RFC and always
welcome new players who are 16+.
Find out more about them here https://www.facebook.com/WorcsMixedAbilityRugby/
*To find your nearest
Mixed Ability Team, please contact IMAS at http://www.mixedabilitysports.org/contact-us/