We are delighted to announce that Roots Rugby, a summertime social touch rugby club will be launching next Tuesday (7th May) on the Groe, Builth Wells.
Roots rugby is a collaborative social project between Builth Wells RFC, Back To Roots and PixelHaze. Our aim is to provide and promote a free, weekly opportunity for people in and around Builth Wells to get out in the sunshine (staying optimistic here) and throw a ball around for an hour and a half in a safe and welcoming organised event. There is no prior commitment, no limit on numbers.
I haven’t played competitive Rugby since youth level and have no interest in getting back into it now. I do, however, miss the sport from a fitness and ball skills perspective and I know that I am not alone in this. At my design agency in Cardiff, we created a weekly ’throw around’ in Roath Park with friends and our staff. We just needed a rugby ball some cheap plastic cones from sports direct and we created quite a stir. Without any marketing or organisation, we ended up with 15-20 participants most weeks and we even had passers-by asking to join in. As it was a social event, our answer was always ‘yes’.
Elwyn Davies, Event Organiser.
When and where
It will be on the Groe every Tuesday, 6pm-7:30pm, we are also considering the possibility of adding a social element (e.g. post-game drink at the club). The season will run from the first week of May and will end before the clocks change in October. If numbers grow, a second (third or fourth) match is started to ensure everybody gets a game.
We are aiming for a broad range of participants, mixed gender and any age (aged 12+). Children will need to be accompanied by adults. More exerienced rugby players will be on hand to help and support beginners or those who haven‘t thrown a rugby ball in a while. We will be playing on narrow, short pitches to add a focus on ball skills and we have a number of tricks up our sleeve to ensure the game is accessible to all ages and abilities.
Basic Rules (TBC, we will be giving this a trial run on the 7th May)
Rugby league format - 5 phases (touches below neck only)
Once touched the ball carrier rolls the ball back between legs to reset play
No kicking (although grubber kicks allowed on 5th phase)
Self-refereed, borrowing heavily on the honesty used in amateur Golf comps
Zero tolerance towards aggressive behaviour.
Short, narrow pitch to promote ball skills over out and out pace.
We hope to see you at 6 pm on Tuesday, 7th May :)
Stay up to date via the Roots Rugby Facebook Page.