Worcester Homeless Rugby Team’s “Toughest Test”

The Warriors WYMCA Squad are fully aware that they are facing a step up in class when they head to Weston’s to take on the Worcester RFC 4th XV on Saturday.

Worcester Team Feb 2016

Warriors WYMCA Team 

With the game being 10 a side, Head Coach Dave Rogers has named a larger than usual squad. Captain Julian Lund will lead a squad including all of the players who played in the last game vs Harborne, whilst Claire Freeman, Laura Shaw and Rich Oxenbury also return. The squad is completed by debutant George Redwood and Adam Law, with Nick Lee standing by to switch teams if necessary!

“It’s going to be hard work on Saturday, the players are fully aware of that,” said Rogers. “10 a side on a full pitch, playing against experienced rugby players, will challenge our squad. I want to see how we react under pressure when we are tired. We have a tendency to lose our structure when we get tired. Players who should be in the middle try and hide on the wings, but against a good team the opposition will see the mismatches and punish them. The players can’t wait for the game now. We have a good squad available so we’re going to be looking to play a bit and see what we can create.”

Homeless Rugby having been working hard following the success of the Worcester project to create new teams and new positive opportunities on and off the pitch. Towards the end of 2015 we launched our second team in Glasgow, and are hoping to launch new teams in 2016.

Awards Season

It’s been a busy few months for Homeless Rugby and the rugby community. We were excited for the 2015 Rugby World Cup to get underway, and what a great way to prepare that attend the first ever National Rugby Awards. Attending the inaugural celebrations our Worcester team were shortlisted for the Community Team of the Year.

With the finale of the 2015 Rugby World Cup came another nomination for our Worcester project and all those involved again, having their amazing work recognised. This time the attending the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire Awards. The awards brings together Sport England, local authorities, clubs, coaches and volunteers to create opportunities for everyone to become more active.

Sponsored by Freedom Leisure our Worcester team were went onto win the Community Project of the Year Award.


HWSports Awards - Winners

Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire Award Winners
including Warriors WYMCA Homeless Touch Rugby Team

Summer of Touch

Touch rugby is growing across the world, introducing new people and bringing back old players to the rugby community. Worcester Warriors RUFC run an 8 week tournament each summer and our Warriors WYMCA Homeless Touch Rugby Team entered for the first time.

Teams included a mix of skill and experience from people keeping fit for pre-season or enjoying some sport with mates or colleagues, the Warriors put on an excellent festival of competition again. The team thrived in the competitive environment and summer sun, taking on each team as they came and the weeks rolled on, culminating in completing an unbelievable League and Cup double during the Summer of Touch in their first season.


Warriors WYMCA Homeless Touch Rugby Team

Sharp’s Ultimate Beach Rugby Team with Phil Vickery, 4th and 5th July 2015, Newquay

You didn’t have to be Cornish to play for the Phil Vickery’s Ultimate Sharp’s Beach Rugby Team. But you did have to have passion, energy, determination, commitment and the will to give it your all, no matter what the world throws at you. Not to mention strong rugby skills.

Joe Pain was selected from Homeless Rugby CIC’s Worcester Team, attending a two-day training camp with Phil, being trained and managed by the man himself and playing for the chance to represent the team at one of the UK’s premier beach rugby tournaments in London in August.

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Joe with Phil Vickery and the rest of the Sharps Beach Rugby Competition winners

“There was a great bunch of people that I got to enjoy the experience with, everyone got on well with each other and had great laugh together. Meeting Phil and Howard was an amazing experience for me! Was good that everyone had a passion for rugby. Definitely an experience that I won’t forget.”

Joe Pain, Homeless Rugby Worcester player who attended the weekend.

“Next for me would be to progress at my own club, and try get into other rugby development programme to improve my game more.”

James Nicholls, Senior Brand Manager at Sharp’s Brewery, commented:

“We were thrilled that we could invite 40 players from all over the UK to have the ultimate rugby experience in Cornwall and were really impressed by the skills and attitude of the players at this first stage event. Phil’s infectious enthusiasm and love for the game is enthralling and like him, we are very proud of our Cornish home and heritage. It was an exceptional and memorable day for us all and we look forward to cheering on the final 10 selected for the Sharp’s Brewery team at London Beach Rugby on 1 August”

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The Sharp’s Brewery, Raging Bull kit for all competition winners

“It was an amazing opportunity for Joe to get some incredible coaching from a World Cup winner. The skills and experience he will have picked up over the weekend, not to mention the lasting friendships made will have an incredible impact for him on and off the pitch.”

Commented Darran Martin, Director of Homeless Rugby CIC.

“There were 40 people playing out of their skin for just 10 places, and although Joe gave it his all he didn’t make the cut, but had a great weekend with some great people. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Phil along with everyone at Sharps Brewery and Integer for hosting such a fantastic weekend and wish the team going to London the best of luck.”

Sharps Beach Rugby Team with Phil Vickery will be competing at London Beach Rugby 2015 tournament on 1st August. Come down and support the team and for more details click here.


Worcester YMCA Touch Rugby Tournament

Want to play some touch rugby this summer, get in the mood for the 2015 RWC and raise some money for a great cause, then enter a team in the Worcester YMCA Touch Rugby Tournament happening this summer.

To enter a team or for more information contact Richard Oxenbury on 07501550243 or warriorswymcarugby@gmail.com for what promises to be a great day out and will raise some funds for the team, a team that introducing rugby to more people and showing the real difference the sport can make to peoples lives on and off the pitch.

Worcester YMCA Touch Rugby Team

“We started playing touch rugby back in November 2013 when Worcester warriors approached the YMCA… offering free training sessions.We all started from scratch and have come such a far way in the last few months. This is such an inspirational project which helps all involved not just develop their rugby skills but confidence and team skills. All of which can be applied to day to day life in helping us tackle homelessness.” 

We haven’t won all of our games but the more we play the stronger we become, its not always about winning but supporting one another. Thanks to Worcester warrior’s community foundation coaches for setting this up all those involved really enjoy what you do for us and have learnt so much. A special thanks to Dave Rogers and Liam Cooper for all they have done for the YMCA. And also a thank you to COY’S touch team who have also supported us by offering competitive games, free match tickets, and kit donations.”

Richard Oxenbury, Captain, Worcester