The return of the school sport that's great for keeping fit at 50+

The return of the school sport that's great for keeping fit at 50+

Whether you were captain of every school sports team going or used to hang about the edge of the school playing fields reluctantly, praying you wouldn't be called on to do anything, a lot of us have been turned off team sports as we get older, so a new survey has shown.

According to research from Warner Leisure Hotels - the hotel group for the over 55s – nearly one in two (47 per cent) of over-50s are concerned they’re too old and not physically able to play traditional team sports and would like to see sports, such as rugby, slowed down to make it more accessible. It's a shame since the majority of over-50s (81 per cent) follow major sporting events such as the Rugby World Cup, but a staggering 82 per cent of us haven’t actually taken part in any team sports in the last 10 years, even though they we'd like to.

So to help solve the problem and get us back on the pitch, reliving our school sports days and getting healthy, Warner Leisure Hotels has been trialling a new version of the traditional game of rugby, designed with us in mind!

Warner's Walking Rugby, which will be rolled out onto the activity programmes nationwide from next month, will tweak the rules of rugby slightly to make it accessible to everyone. So there's no running, no passing higher than shoulder height, no scrums, no goal posts and a shorter game duration, frequent substitutions. Players will be unable to hold the ball for more than three seconds without passing, while a try is scored by walking over the try line. And there's no need to think it's just a man's game– everyone can get involved and play together.

As well as giving you the chance to do something fun with your friends and family, walking rugby is also a great way to get out into the fresh air, do something active and pratice your hand-eye coordination and team skills – all helpful for keeping your brain and body in great condition.