Mixed Ability Rugby Festival Saturday 9th April at Windsor Rugby Club 12 – 4pm

Berkshire Brigands are hosting their inaugural Mixed Ability Rugby Festival on Saturday 9th April at Windsor RFC. 12 mixed ability rugby teams from across the country will play a mixture of contact and tag rugby matches between 12 – 3pm, with presentations and awards at 4pm.

There will also be a DJ, food outlets and Windsor RFC clubhouse and bar will be open.


Leisure Strategy 2021-25

The Wokingham Borough Council Sport & Leisure team are currently hosting some Leisure strategy consultations regarding the Sport & Leisure offer and facilities for the next 5 years. We are collecting feedback from our residents through the following survey link, the full strategy is available through the same link, and a summary version is below. If you would like to have your say and contribute towards please click the link, it will take just a few minutes to complete and is completely anonymous. If you would be able to share the survey that would be great.


Berkshire Brigands Mixed Ability Rugby Team

Rugby in Berkshire soon available to even more people than ever.

Berkshire Brigands Mixed Ability Rugby team hold regular sessions on Thursdays (6.30 – 8pm) and Saturdays (11am – 12.30pm) at Reading RFC starting on Saturday 26th September and is open to anyone aged 18 or over to join in.

See also https://www.facebook.com/BrigandsRugby/videos/659372728312132

What is mixed ability rugby?

It is regular full contact rugby… for rugby’s sake. If you happen to have some form of disability or barrier but want to play regular rugby, then you are more than welcome. The same goes if you have no disability or barrier.  It is not a disability team.  Players are not classified by physical, intellectual or mental abilities and the game is played using all the usual laws of rugby.

For further background see the press release

For further details please email brigandsrugby@gmail.com


Reading RFC, Holme Park, Sonning Lane, Reading, Berkshire, RG4,6ST

0118 969 6592

Sports Awards 2020

We have been monitoring the ever-changing government guidelines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, but with the current social distancing and gathering guidelines and the limited sport being played over the last few months, we have regrettably decided to cancel this year’s Sports Awards. We are pleased that a lot of sport has been able to resume in some form over the last few weeks, and hope that things return to some form of normality soon.

We look forward to announcing plans for the 2021 Sports Awards, and to receiving your nominations. In the meantime if there are any achievements which you feel should be recognised, any forthcoming sporting events you would like publicised or any issues you would like raised, please get in touch.

Feel Inspired Golf Academy

The Feel Inspired Golf Academy is an initiative designed to bring golf to children and young people with special educational needs, intellectual or physical difficulties. The emphasis is on golf as a lifetime sport for everyone with participation, enjoyment and achievement more important than ‘winning’.

Coaching takes place in a fun, friendly and inclusive environment and the focus is on developing each participant’s individual golf skills whilst simultaneously promoting and practicing life skills such as co-operation, honesty, sportsmanship and perseverance, in a relaxed, supportive environment. There is strong emphasis on positive reinforcement coaching strategies and an award system for all participants to promote enjoyment and positive engagement.

Sessions are held on Saturdays from 12 – 1 pm at Sand Martins Golf Club.

For more information see the attached or contact the Programme Manager, Alan Leason, at alan.leason@btopenworld.com or 07774 805644


Sporting Memories

After much anticipation, Sporting Memories, is coming to Wokingham borough.

Sporting Memories supports older people living in England and Wales with dementia, depression and loneliness by engaging them in social activities and helping them to recall memories of watching or playing sport. By sharing memories of sporting moments and tapping into a passion for sport, the sessions help people to connect with others and with their past, reawakening positive thoughts and feelings that otherwise remain hidden away.

Using images of sport and memorabilia, older people are assisted to stay connected to their friends and communities, cognitively stimulated and physically active. The project, led by Wokingham Borough Council Sports & Leisure team, help people over the age of 50 age well and remain as healthy as possible.

The sessions will take place at Berkshire County Sports & Social Club, Sonning Lane, Sonning starting Wednesday 1st May 2019 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

The sessions are open to people 50+ and many of the members attend to enjoy the company of other older sports fans, some of the members may live with dementia or have memory problems, some have experienced depression, some they may have had a stroke or live with Parkinson’s, but all have one thing in common, a love for sport!

For more information see https://www.wokinghamboroughsportscouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/BCSSC-Flyer-Wednesday.pdf


Volunteering opportunities in Sports and Leisure

Would you like to volunteer in Sports and Leisure?

Would you like to give something back to others?

Have you recently retired and have some time to volunteer?

Wokingham Borough Council’s Sports & Leisure team have recently created a host of new volunteering opportunities in their sport, leisure and health prevention projects.

We are committed to providing outstanding service on all our programmes and by volunteering you will help us to maintain the high standards of delivery that our participants expect.

Volunteer roles are available in the following projects:

  • Walking for Health
  • Steady Steps
  • SHINE over 60’s
  • Wokingham Active with adults & children with additional needs
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Long Term Health conditions
  • Sportivate sports sessions
  • Mental Health
  • Dementia Friendly sessions
  • Seasonal opportunities
  • And much more…

Training is available and an induction course will help you develop your confidence and skills in volunteering.

For more information on the volunteering opportunities within the Sports & Leisure team, contact sport@wokingham.gov.uk or call 0118 974 3728