Sheffield Eagles Walking Rugby Team
Sheffield Eagles Walking Rugby Team played their first competitive games.
On Saturday 23rd September 2023 the Sheffield Eagles Walking Rugby Team played their first competitive games in a Walking Rugby Tournament organised by Wath Rugby Union Team.
Walking Rugby League
The Eagles Foundation created the Sheffield Eagles Walking Rugby team in June of 2023. Walking Rugby League is a non-contact and no-running version of the game, providing a moderate form of exercise. It is inclusive to all as it allows anyone regardless of fitness, disabilities, injuries or illnesses to participate and benefit from the sport. It also provides participants with the opportunity to enjoy a social activity, help them to get physically active and contribute towards leading a healthy lifestyle.
The Foundation was invited by Wath Rugby Union Club to enter a team into the Walking Rugby tournament they were organising. It was played under Rugby Union rules, with the Eagles the only Rugby League team taking part meaning they had to adapt to the rules of the "other code". Despite this the Eagles won two, lost one and drew one of the four games played meaning they finished 3rd out of the 5 teams playing.
In keeping with the Sheffield Eagles #OneClub approach where all teams (men, women, wheelchair, learning disability, physical disability, touch and walking) play under the Sheffield Eagles banner those that played in the game have been awarded heritage numbers.
To be eligible for heritage numbers player's must play a competitive (ie not friendly), whether in the starting line up or from the bench. As players don't wear shirt numbers the heritage numbers have been allocated on the basis of alphabetical order (surname, then first name).
Therefore the initial Sheffield Eagles Walking Rugby heritage numbers are:
- April Brooks
- Vicky Brooks
- Steve Cook
- Steve Dalton
- Andrea Dobson
- Richard King
- Jack Pemberton
- Ian Pinchemain
- Ian Swain