The Berkshire Brigands are the county's first mixed ability rugby team. Inspired by a young man with Down Syndrome, Duncan Stonehouse, so he can play competative contact rugby alongside his brother Drew. The Brigands are based at Reading RFC.
Mixed ability rugby allows people traditionally thought to have barriers to playing the game, to play alongside experienced players enabling all to enjoy great rugby played for the joy of the game. Berkshire Brigands are just like any other team and based at Reading Rugby Club, enjoy all the social benefits of being part of the club.
Berkshire Brigands are aspiring to be a team who can to play other mixed ability teams, social sides and regular club teams around the UK aiming to compete in the International Mixed Ability Rugby Tournament, the equivalent of the World Cup.
We have our sights set on Cork 2021!
Training takes place twice a week on Thursdays (6.30 - 8pm) and Saturdays (11am - 12.30pm) at Reading Rugby Club, Holme Park, Sonning.
Training is outdoors and adheres to the curent Covid-19 guidlines???
Due to Covid-19 guidelines, contact rugby is very limited at this stage. A standard training session would mainly involve conditioned games of touch rugby, with break-out exercises where there would be a focus on a specific skill of rugby. At the heart of everything we plan to do is the desire for it to be enjoyable, and for everyone to leave a session with a positive experience.