Award-winning charity the Strathmore Community Rugby Trust is offering visually impaired adults in Fife the chance to improve their physical and mental wellbeing through specially modified weekly rugby sessions.
The trust, which is based in Forfar, is looking to add visually impaired rugby to the list of projects it already runs, including rugby and life lessons for High School pupils, walking rugby and its award-winning autism-friendly rugby for primary pupils.
The Sunday sessions at Forfar Community Campus from 10.45am till noon will be open to anyone in Tayside over 18, regardless of fitness or ability level, whose visual impairment falls between B1 and B5 in the British Blind Sport sight classification system. Details of the classifications can be found at…/classifications/
The weekly event will aim to provide visually-impaired adults an opportunity to be more active and improve their physical and mental wellbeing by playing a specially-modified version of the game. The first will be held on Sunday, November 21.
Visually Impaired (VI) Rugby is similar to touch rugby. Played seven-a-side, it uses a ball containing ball bearings and bells to make it audible. Players wear numbered bibs so the referee, who commentates throughout to help them know where the ball is and what’s happening, can Identify players on the pitch.
Play takes elements from both the Union and League codes – so features uncontested scrums and line-outs, two-hand touch tackles after which the tackled player places the ball between their legs and the tackling team have to retreat five metres as well as a turnover ball after six tackles.
First in Scotland
VI Rugby is already well-established in England and Wales – with teams at Worcester, Swansea and Cardiff – thanks to the work of sports charity The Change Foundation. It’s working with Strathmore Community Rugby Trust to establish the game in Scotland for the first time, alongside Angus Disability Sport, North East Sensory Services, Scottish Disability Sport, Guide Dogs and Scottish War Blind.
Anyone interested can find out more at If you’re interested in taking part, you should contact the trust by emailing or messaging it on Facebook, Messenger, Twitter or Instagram.