Name: Richard Bourne
When did you join #TeamRoundheads?
I joined at the end of November 2018
Did you have any experience playing rugby before? And what attracted you to rugby?
I played from about the age of 10 until I was 17 for both club and school. I stopped playing due to injury but once that healed for reasons I can no longer remember, I didn’t return.
Why do you think there is a need for Inclusive Rugby?
As much as I love the idea of Inclusive Rugby, I wish we lived in a world where sexuality or gender shouldn’t be seen as a factor of how good of a sports person you are, or your ability to play a sport. As much as rugby is most likely one of the most accepting sports, there is still a long way to go to change the views of others. Inclusive Rugby gives people a safe environment were nobody is judged for who they are and enjoy the game they love, with a family around them.
What have you enjoyed the most about being a Roundhead and what is your favourite memory so far?
It’s given me the chance to play alongside my brother, which wasn’t possible growing up. I’ve made some really good friends who are helping me overcome some of my own issues. I think my favourite memory so far has been our away trip to Liverpool, the drive allowed me to get to know my fellow team mates more than ever and I found out we have a lot in common.
What does being part of the Roundheads mean to you?
It’s more than just a team it’s being apart of a family, everyone looks out for another, we socialise after every training session or match and we talk everyday. It given me the chance to play a sport I’ve missed, it’s given me something to look forward to each week.
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?
Come along, and just try. Believe me it will be one of the best things you do. If you end up not liking the game I’d encourage you to stay in a non playing role and stay apart of the Roundhead family as you’ll find support for life.