Try Tag Rugby, an organisation helping over 10,000 players enjoy weekly tag rugby across England, is set to launch in the Newcastle area this April with a trio of free taster sessions.

Participating in a free taster session provides you with the chance to sample the sport and the Try Tag Rugby community completely free and without any need for commitment so you can see if it’s for you. In the sessions, you’ll be taught the absolute basics of the sport to help you build skills and confidence while also working towards better health and fitness in a fun and social environment – all of which are great for your mental health. And, as tag rugby is a minimal contact sport, you can enjoy all the thrills of rugby with lower risk of injury.

Taster sessions will take place in Paddy Freeman’s Park on the following dates:

To learn more about what to expect at taster sessions, such as what equipment is needed, what the format of the sessions is and what to do if you can’t make one of the above dates but still fancy getting involved, just visit the Try Tag Rugby website. You can also find the team on social media, on Facebook, Try Tag Rugby Newcastle, and Instagram, @trytagnewcastle.

Players of all (and no!) experience levels and are welcome to attend, and once taster sessions are out of the way, it is hoped that a weekly group can get up and running soon after. Gender is no issue either, with all taster sessions mixed.

So, if you fancy getting involved – but would like a few familiar faces in your team, do drop us a line on [email protected] and we’ll record your interest and put you in touch with any fellow colleagues who are in the same boat!

Become a tag rugby referee & earn money!

Those looking for something to do as a regular activity whilst also becoming part of the community being built by Try Tag Rugby Newcastle might be interested in the opportunities they’re offering to sign-up to learn to referee.

Training is relatively straightforward, with Try Tag Rugby even supplying your referee shirt. For each game you ref, you can even earn money – adding a financial wellbeing boost to the physical and mental benefits too!

If you’re interested in putting on the yellow jersey, find out more through the dedicated refereeing webpage here.

On the radar:

One focus area of the Occupational Health and Wellbeing team this year is to try increase access to or promotion of physical wellbeing opportunities for #TeamGateshead colleagues. This follows on from work done to introduce on-site pilates, staff health checks and more.

We recently asked our health and wellbeing ambassadors to see what ideas their teams had. As a result, we’re currently looking at:

  • launching a netball team
  • relaunching the walking group
  • launching a weekly five-a-side session; and
  • a number of other ideas!

If you have any ideas of your own or want to learn more about any of the above opportunities, please drop us a line on [email protected].