Walking Rugby is back at Gloucester Cathedral!


Walking Rugby Project is back at Gloucester Cathedral!

Sessions take place every Monday 10.00am-11.00am (except bank holidays)

A partnership between Gloucester Rugby Foundation, Gloucester City Mission and Gloucester Cathedral established free Walking Rugby sessions in February 2019 for adults affected by homelessness, at risk of homelessness and/or looking for physical, social activity to benefit mental health and wellbeing.

Weekly Walking Rugby sessions were hosted every Monday morning by the Cathedral and led by a professional Gloucester Rugby Community Coach. Membership grew through 2019 including adults with past experience of homelessness and some who live in temporary accommodation. Sadly due to Covid 19 the project was paused in March 2020.

We are delighted now, over a year later, to have restarted Walking Rugby! The partnership team have been working hard behind the scenes to bring back the sessions safely and are very happy to have resumed service this week on Monday (10 May), with a strong turnout.

It seemed fitting that Walking Rugby resumed at the start of National Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May). The project is an important way to provide vulnerable adults with the opportunity to take part in physical, sociable activity, to feel part of the community and a part of Gloucester Rugby.

Benefits of Walking Rugby

  • Provide a safe, inclusive space for physical activity
  • Improve physical and mental health of participants
  • Inspire participants to take part in more community activities
  • Boost confidence and give a sense of worth
  • Feel welcome and part of the community

I didn’t think I would be able to do ten minutes let alone an hour, now I feel fitter and have even started going to Parkrun too because I enjoy being active and with other people. It helps me with my anxiety.” Participant, formerly homeless, currently living in supported accommodation

Sessions take place every Monday 10.00am-11.00am (except bank holidays)

Meet at the outdoor Ivor Gurney Playground behind the Cathedral (just off Pitt Street).  Participants and volunteers welcome!  Come and join us for an hour of low impact Walking Rugby followed by a bacon sandwich and hot drink.

Do you work for or know any organisations whose service users could benefit from attending? Feel free to get in touch:


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