Frequently Asked Questions

How do I take part in one of your projects?

If you are interested in taking part in one of our projects, or if you would like more information, please get in touch via the Contact Us form or by emailing info@strathmoretrust.co.uk.  We will do our best to answer any questions and send you the registration information we require.

Do I have to be able to play rugby to take part in your projects?

No previous knowledge or experience of rugby is necessary.  All are sessions are delivered by experienced coaches.  One of the fantastic things about our sport is that everyone is encouraging and supportive of each other.  Everyone was a beginner once!

I thought rugby involved tackling.  Will that be included in walking rugby?

No, there is no tackling allowed at walking rugby.  We play ‘touch rugby’ which makes the game non-contact and is why it is particularly suited to retired players, those who are recovering from injury and illness, and over-50’s wishing to stay fit and active.  It can be played by all ages and sexes together.

What makes the Autism-Friendly Rugby ‘autism friendly’?

Autism-Friendly Rugby uses touch-based games to improve the children’s awareness.  We try to create an environment that is specifically tailored to the needs of the participants to allow them to have fun in a safe and caring environment.  There is a clear format for each session as structure is key for the children and it is important the participants know what is coming next.

To do this we use tools such as story boxes, picture exchange cards and have created social stories (visual timetables) to help communicate with the young participants.  We also have sensory tents for the children to use should they need time away.

We partnered with autism organisations to specifically design the sessions and offer training courses for those involved, so all the coaches are trained in working with autistic children and things like basic Makaton [language programme].  We work to a maximum ratio of 1 coach to 3 children.

By maintaining all the key standards above we are able to accept any child with autism, no matter the severity.

I am interested in getting involved with Strathmore Community Rugby Trust, how do I volunteer?

We would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to help the Trust.  Please fill out the Contact Us form on this website or email info@strathmoretrust.co.uk with a bit of information about yourself and how you think you can help.