Name: Matt Houghton
Position: Unknown yet. Possibly winger.
When did you join #TeamRoundheads? From the very beginning. An original!
Did you have any experience playing rugby before? And what attracted you to rugby?
I‘ve never played rugby before joining the Roundheads, so zero experience whatsoever. I actually never had any interest in rugby at all. I was originally asked by a team mate if I fancied joining a startup rugby team, and decided to give it a bash. Turns out it was an excellent decision.
Why do you think there is a need for Inclusive Rugby?
It may be 2018, and although the world is a much more accepting place, discrimination of all kinds is still rife, and it seems pretty prevelant within the sporting community. An inclusive team strives to cut out any form of discrimination, and make those who would normally feel out-of-place or unwelcome because of who they are feel at home, and fully supported.
What have you enjoyed the most about being a Roundhead and what is your favourite memory so far?
The thing I have enjoyed the most from being a Roundhead is the people who i’ve become incredibly close with. People who I would have never met before joining, have become close friends, both on and off the pitch. It’s real sense of community and belonging. As for my favourite memory, it would have to be landing my first try. Sprinting past the majority of the team like a god damn inja and hammering it home feels awesome! It does help being a short arse!
What does being part of the Roundheads mean to you?
Being a part of the Roundheads has brought me nothing but confidence and self esteem, and for me that means everything.
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?
To those people i’d say give it a try. I had absolutely no experience, and had literally only joined to try a couple of training sessions, and leave it there. After my first couple of training sessions, and meeting everyone on the team, i’ve never looked back, and thoroughly enjoy every minute of it.