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Rugby without the running on offer in Norfolk town

PUBLISHED: 16:08 11 March 2019 | UPDATED: 16:08 11 March 2019

This picture shows club debutant Terry Baker scoring for Fakenham Rugby Club. The club is introducing a new sport, Walking Rugby later in the year. Picture: Mike Wyatt ABIPP

This picture shows club debutant Terry Baker scoring for Fakenham Rugby Club. The club is introducing a new sport, Walking Rugby later in the year. Picture: Mike Wyatt ABIPP

Mike Wyatt ABIPP

A slowed-down form of rugby for the over 40s is coming to Norfolk, courtesy of Fakenham Rugby Club.

Walking Rugby is a game for both sexes, all abilities and is suitable for anyone over 40.

The relatively new sport follows on the heels of Walking Football and Walking Netball, both of which are proving very popular with the over 40s.

As the name suggests, players must walk, not run, but it can still be played at a good pace.

The Walking Rugby group in Fakenham will start at the end of the 2018-19 regular season and run throughout the summer months on Wednesday evenings. It will continue into the winter months, if there is a demand.

Sessions will start on May 1 and continue thereafter every Wednesday. One-hour sessions will take place on the pitch and no studs/boots are required, just trainers. Players need no specialist equipment, but participants must wear suitable clothing.

The new group will have a stand at Fakenham Active’s Funday on April 21.

Spokesman Jeffrey Pearce said: “Walking Rugby is attractive to both ex-players and those who are completely new to the game.

“It’s a much simpler version of the traditional game of rugby. It is much less physical than a standard game of rugby. The aim is to participate, compete and, most importantly, for players to enjoy themselves.

“All sessions will start and finish with some gentle warm-up and warm-down exercises to help with overall fitness levels.

“Sports enthusiasts will enjoy the pace and competitiveness of the game, while former rugby or netball players will welcome the flexibility walking rugby offers.

“Since it is a competitive passing game, it is particularly suitable for ex-rugby and netball players, injured and rehabilitating current players and those interested in rugby, but without any experience.

“Those past retirement age can still indulge in their passion without the full-on contact - and those wishing to keep up their activity levels can try a new sport.”

Fakenham Rugby Club, based in Eckersley Drive, play in the London 3 Eastern Counties league.

For further information contact Jeffrey Pearce at jdpearce@btinternet.com or call him on 01328 701255

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