Ok, I make no apologies for the Ice cream picture, I’m too busy patting myself on the back for my insightful metaphor, also I know there are other kinds of Rugby, Beach Rugby, Rugby Netball etc but here were are talking about the main three played at grass roots level.
Summer is the off season for 15s and Touch and 7s come to the fore, its a great time to start your rugby journey or try out a new club.
So, this post is aimed very much at the Rugby novice, If you have ever considered giving it a go, or thought you’d like to but not so keen on getting hit every 5mins, maybe you’re a stranger to the gym, or a fitness fanatic, everyone has a place in Rugby and now more than ever the game has expanded to ensure everyone can play. So what are the Three flavours of which I speak? They are Touch Rugby, 7s Rugby and 15 aside and of course, at SCRFC all types of Senior rugby (18 and over) is for Men and Women
I won’t go in to the technicalities just give an overview of each
Minimal contact, no tackling or any intentional hard physical contact. Focus on running, passing, team work and basic skills. Not only is Touch a great fun way to keep fit and make friends, it also develops your basic ball skills and is a great way to dip a toe into rugby if you are a little apprehensive. Not to suggest Touch is just basic keep fit, Rugby lite, It is a competitive sport in it’s own right with leagues around the world and even a world cup! Streatham boast two international touch players! SCRCf hosts O2 Touch sessions every week, see Facebook and Website for latest details. This is the only one of the three types where mixed sex teams can compete against each other.
Full contact, fast paced. Focus on Running, lots and lots of running. strong teamwork allowing Individual skills to shine. 7s is a fast paced sport, played by teams of 7 on a full size pitch, each game lasts around 15mins. 7s is always played in a festival/tournament environment, so you will play various teams through-out the day, usually a minimum of 3 games, and more if you get into knock-out stages or there are playoffs. To be honest at our level, we know how hard it is for clubs to pull these festivals together so always be ready to be flexible on arrival.
…if it’s a weekend event, just time to have a small drink a little dance and retire to the tent for an early night.
At our level the focus is very much on fun and players of all abilities filling the team, yes of course the teams will push to win but for a weekend tournament they will also have an eye on the camping, bar, BBQ arrangements . Once the day of rugby is finished, if its a one day event, it will be drinks and home, if it’s a weekend event, just time to have a small drink a little dance and retire to the tent for an early night, or party like its your last night on earth with all the other teams, but we advise the former of course.
Full contact, hard running, tackling. The game in it’s most usual form. 15 aside full contact Rugby, this is the game we all watch on TV and probably what comes to mind when you think of the game. 15s is the main focus at SCRFC. However rest assured that rugby has a place for everyone, SCRFC runs 3 mens teams and are about to embark on building a ladies second team. There is place for everyone who wants to play the game, no matter your experience, fitness or skill level.
So, whether you want to get fit, run fast, run hard, get hit, not get hit, if you want to train twice a week, or just play the occasional Saturday, focus on the game or focus more on the social side. Rugby can offer you it all, you can either just choose one flavour, or play two or all three or use Touch as a gateway to the full game. Streatham love to see new faces especially complete beginners , so never feel unsure about coming down to a session, just turn up, tell someone you are new and introduce yourself. Summer is the off season for 15s and Touch and 7s come to the fore, its a great time to start your rugby journey or try out a new club.