Name: Jamie Walmsley
When did you join #TeamRoundheads? Right at the very start
Did you have any experience playing rugby before? And what attracted you to rugby?
I played when I was younger but my team folded when I was in my teens. I love playing a lot of different sports but there’s something about the rough and tumble of rugby that draws me in.
Why do you think there is a need for Inclusive Rugby?
Many of us have this stereotype of big, straight, burly rugby players in our heads. That if you don’t fit that criteria then you might be the odd one out. I think it puts a lot of people off getting involved with sport. Of course that isnt the case. There are rugby players of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds and inclusive rugby celebrates that. Even if you’ve never played before, it’s a great way to meet new, likeminded people and get stuck into something that’s going to get you fit and where you can let off a bit of steam.
What have you enjoyed the most about being a Roundhead and what is your favourite memory so far?
I’ve loved joining this big group of people that are so enthusiastic and excited to be a Roundhead. Week in, week out people turn up for training even if they’re injured or not playing just to support the other guys and catch up with their friends. It’s a lovely atmosphere and even though we haven’t been around for very long, I feel like we are already looking out for each other and becoming a family. My favourite memory so far has to be turning up to the first training session and seeing so many other people there. It felt like the start of something really special.
What does being part of the Roundheads mean to you?
It’s about being part of a group that love what they do – playing rugby – but are also there to support each other and celebrate who we are.
Finally, to anyone reading this who is thinking of joining with experience or no experience playing rugby, but who haven’t yet decided to #ruckwithus, what would you say to them?
Definitely come and give it a go. You might surprise yourself! We would love to meet you and welcome you to the team. Dust off those old boots or get yourself out shopping for a new pair 😉