Mixed Ability Rugby

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.”

Stuart; “Worcester 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 love”

     

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/

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