‘Rule of six’ applied to adult indoor team sports

Sport England have recently published some clarification on the impact of the government’s recent ‘rule of six’ restriction. Answers to some common questions can be found on their website. Some of the key points are:

Team sports that have already had guidance approved by the government for the safe playing of their sport can continue to use that guidance, provided they now limit the number of people aged 18 and over playing indoors to six. A summary of what can continue is as follows:

Indoor team sports involving children aged under 18, played formally and under government-approved guidance Use of indoor sport and leisure facilities, including gyms and swimming pools

Organised indoor activities or exercise classes (these can take place in larger numbers, provided groups of more than six do not mix and the facility meets the government’s indoor facility guidance)

Outdoor sports played formally and under government-approved guidance

Outdoor sport and physical activity events following event-organiser guidance

Informal indoor or outdoor sport and physical activity in groups of six or fewer while social distancing and following government guidance, and guidance from the sport’s governing body

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

Get Berkshire Active launches the #MoveWithUsBerkshire Campaign

Get Berkshire Active is launching a local campaign promoting physical activity as a priority in tackling the impact of the pandemic outbreak.

The aims of the #MoveWithUsBerkshire Campaign are:-

  • to increase engagement across Berkshire’s local communities, organisations and individuals;
  • to encourage more Berkshire residents to become active;
  • to support audiences that were mostly impacted by the pandemic (older people, disabled and people with long-term health conditions, BAME group, low-income communities, people with obesity and others);
  • to inspire others by sharing stories of resilience, combating isolation and finding new ways to stay active and connected;
  • to build new healthy habits, helping people support their friends, families and colleagues.

For more information and to find out how organisations and clubs in Berkshire can get involved, see the MoveWithUsBerkshire page on the Get Berkshire Active website

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.

Funding from Sport England

The Community Emergency Fund, established by Sport England at the start of the pandemic to support local clubs and community organisations, has been temporarily paused to new applications. Details of funding available from Sport England can be found on their website along with other information relating to the impact of coronavirus on sport and the physical activity sector.

2019 Sports Awards

Sports Awards 2019

Congratulations to all the 2019 Sports Awards winners

Under 14 Girls (Ivor Baker Awards Cup) Sonia Runcianu

Under 14 Boys (Martin & Co Cup)           Jia Qing David Ng

Under 18 Girls (Squires Garden Centre Cup)       Libby Burgess

Under 18 Boys (Trademark Windows Cup)     Sammy Ball

Senior Woman (BT2000 Cup)                         Karen Burles

Senior Man (Wokingham BC)                  Josh Zeller

Best Senior School (Places Leisure Shield)          The Forest School

Service to Sport in the Community – Club (Wokingham News)  Woodley United FC

Service to Sport in the Community – Individual (The Get Reading Cup)  Shashank Garg

Coach of the Year (Sand Martins Golf Club Shield)  George Austin

Volunteer of the Year (Wokingham Town Council)  Denis & Shirley Jones

Unsung Hero (Chris Evans Trophy)   Bill Rodda

Service to Disabled Sport (BT2000 Cup)  Thames Valley Kings

Excellence in Sport (Woodley Town Council Cup)  Archie Carter

Courage Award (President’s Cup)   RJ Draper

Spirit of Sport (Earley Town Council Cup)  Reddam Gymnastics

Male Team Award (Reading Rugby Club)  Reddam Gymnastics Senior Men

Female Team Award (South Berkshire Hockey Club Cup)  Wokingham District Primary Schools Girls Football team

Chairman’s Award (WBSC Chairman’s Cup)  Craig Hunter

The following Primary Schools were also presented with their School Games Mark trophies at the ceremony

Platinum award

Nine Mile Ride

Shinfield St Mary’s


Gold award


All Saints


Robert Piggott

Also recognised were

Loddon School (Silver award)

Evendons, St Paul’s & The Coombes (Bronze award)

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