So what’s happening with Esher’s Walking Rugby group during lockdown?
Esher Walking Rugby is an inclusive group for men and women over 50 ranging from ex players to people who have never picked up a rugby ball!! Pre lockdown, this group trained weekly at the club with an average of 16 players per session and even entered a few competitions and festivals. The atmosphere and ethos is always to have fun, get some exercise and enjoy a bit of healthy banter! The walking rugby group also pride themselves for being an integral part of the club - volunteering at matches, helping out at fund raisers and encouraging new members.
Lockdown forced the group to rethink the way they work - everyone wanted to keep the regular contact going but were also very keen to work within the RFU guidelines. So they moved to socially distanced training during the tiered lockdowns (photo montage of playing with sanitised balls!), to weekly zoom calls incorporating a bit of circuit training during full lockdown, to charity events raising money for Men's Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Charity (photo of Movember) and even extra challenges like "Walk a Marathon in a Month!". The group have maintained regular contact, keeping in mind everyone's mental as well as physical wellbeing and are looking forward to getting back out on a muddy field someday soon!!