What happens when Rugby League meets Netball? FUN!

When the Cambridge University Rugby League club heard that their Union  colleagues had had such a good time at the PowerHouse Games in September they wanted a piece of the action. But they have – as yet – no female players, and as our mantra in inclusion we felt it necessary to bring in another club.

The Netball Club stepped up, led by their Captain Tabbie Brough.  We added Impington Village College, enthusiastic supporters of these games, Heritage School, an independent school and newcomers to the fun, and our great friends Castle Special School.

The FUN happened on Friday 10th January 2020 at the University Sports Centre. In addition to our usual inclusive games – boccia, new age kurling, goalball and walking football – we added touch rugby and sitting netball to honour the participating clubs.  Touch rugby is great fun as it can accommodate boys and girls, big and small, and develops catching and passing. It teaches the idea of passing backwards and finding space, really useful for aspiring rugby league players.

We introduced sitting netball, a new game. Based on the standing version, we use floor-standing nets and insist everyone has to keep their bottoms touching the floor! To make it harder we add an exclusion zone around the net, and this can e flexed to reflect the ability of the players. Here are some images to show the fun.

Everyone received a certificate, were encouaged to take their colourful T-shirt away with them and all had fun.  One Castle student summed it up, shouting out, “Yes we want to repeat the Games as soon as possible!”

A big thank you to Hilary Foord, the Rugby League Club President, for bringing it all together.

We wish both clubs best of luck for their Varsity Matches – Rugby League in Oxford on Saturday 14th March and Netball on Sunday 3rd March in Cambridge.