Oliver Hookem

Name: Oliver Hookem

Position: Number 8, Hooker

When did you join #TeamRoundheads? January 2019

Did you have any experience playing rugby before? And what attracted you to rugby? 

Played religiously at youth level, have flirted with playing again for a long time but never kept to a strict run of games since I was 18

Why do you think there is a need for Inclusive Rugby?

Because Rugby itself is such an amazing sport, filled with comradery, team cohesion and great personalities having a route into the sport with no ‘stigma’ ‘fear of being singled out’ etc means that there is a large quantity of players that now can find a route into the sport without any fear. I believe it is a safe place where (although the sport generally is welcoming to all-comers) anybody feels valued and available to take part in a tough sport.

What have you enjoyed the most about being a Roundhead and what is your favourite memory so far? 

Purely the immediate impact the community has on you as a person. From week one I have felt welcomed by all and really drawn in to a team spirit that is growing week by week.

What does being part of the Roundheads mean to you? 

It means being part of something special. Not only gaining new friends but reconnecting with a sport that is close to my heart.

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?

What do you have to lose by trying?