Midlothian Walking Rugby welcomes a VIP

Walking Rugby Ian Barr

Midlothian Walking Rugby welcomed a VIP recently when Vice President of the Scottish Rugby Union, Ian Barr popped along for a game.

Great fun

Ian gave the game a big thumbs up. He said: “It was good fun first and foremost, and I got the opportunity to catch up with old friends that I used to play with.

“I also noticed that individuals came from the local area and beyond.

“Walking rugby is a great chance to meet new people and improve not only your physical health but mental health too.”

Embraces old values

Ian added that walking rugby has the old values and ethos of rugby, including friendship, camaraderie, respect, humour and fun.

He said: “I’ll be back to play more.”

Ageing Well

The council’s Ageing Well team, which organises health and wellbeing initiatives for the over 50s, kicked off Midlothian’s Walking Rugby three years ago.

There are games on every Friday at Dalkeith Rugby Club from between 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

Free to play

It is free to play and Dalkeith Rugby Club kindly allows the council to use their facilities.

Each session is run by a trained Ageing Well volunteer (at no cost to the club)

Between 12 and 16 people turn up most weeks to enjoy a game and a hot drink and a blether afterwards.

Although the game is free, team members can pay £3 per head that goes to player nights out and items such as polo tops.

Get in touch

For more information contact Ageing Well Midlothian:

Ian is pictured in the grey sweatshirt in the centre



14 May 2019