A POPULAR 'Walking Rugby' program is set to make a triumphant return to Redditch.

The free sessions will return from Friday, November 10 at 10.30am at Abbey Stadium and will run every week for the foreseeable future.

The return of the sport has been made possible through a collaboration between Redditch Borough Council’s Sports Development Team, the Worcester Warriors Foundation who are providing a dedicated coach to lead the sessions and Rubicon Leisure who will be providing the venue.

'Walking Rugby' is a modified version of the beloved game, designed to be more accessible and inclusive. Participants don't engage in tackling but instead touch or tag their opponents.

Leisure Portfolio Holder, councillor Joanne Beecham, said: "Walking Rugby is a wonderful initiative that aligns perfectly with our commitment to promoting a healthy community.

“We're grateful for the Worcester Warriors Foundation and Rubicon Leisure for their continued support in making this program accessible to all."

Redditch Borough Council leader Matt Dormer added: "I’m pleased to see Walking Rugby return to our community. It is ideal for individuals of all skill levels to stay active, enjoy the sport, and make new friends".

The Worcester Warriors Foundation has been integral in bringing Walking Rugby back to the community.

A representative from the foundation stated: "We are proud to support and provide coaching for Walking Rugby in Redditch, ensuring that more people have access to this wonderful sport. It's not just about playing rugby; it's about building relationships and having fun together."

Managing director of Rubicon Leisure, which runs many of the borough’s leisure and cultural facilities on behalf of the council, Ben Clawson-Chan, said: "We're delighted to work in partnership with Worcester Warriors Foundation and Redditch Borough Council to provide a welcoming and practical space for Walking Rugby".

To participate in Walking Rugby, interested participants simply need to show up a few minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork, and they’re ready to play.

For more information about the program or how to get involved, please contact The Abbey Stadium at 01527 60206 or go to the council’s website.