Age UK Herne Bay and Whitstable are looking into the demand for setting up a local team for the over 50s in partnership with Whitstable Rugby Club

It’s suitable for everyone regardless of age, ability or gender and is a great opportunity for light-hearted exercise and socialising. Whether you’re an ex-rugby player, recovering from injury or simply curious about rugby without any experience – Walking Rugby levels the playing field for all to enjoy.

To register your interest please call Age UK Herne Bay and Whitstable on: 07809 728 083

or email: [email protected]

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A typical session is estimated to increase your step count from between 4,500 to 8,000 additional steps.

It differs from the traditional game being played at just walking pace. Forwards and sideways passes are permitted. Teams can consist of between 5 to 10 players per side depending on the venue and amount of space available.

Matches are played in 4 quarters with each lasting 5 minutes with a 1 minute break in between.

You cannot hold the ball for more than 3 seconds, you cannot walk for more than 5 yards and it is all about finding space.

This version of the game can be played both in and outdoors. A normal rugby ball (size 3) is for used outdoors whilst a hard foam ball is preferred indoors.