Preparations Ramp Up For Walking Rugby Derby This September

Hull FC and Hull KR will go head-to-head in more ways than one on Saturday 3rd September, with a Walking Rugby match featuring at half-time of the Betfred Super League Derby at the MKM Stadium, in partnership with the Hull Health & Care Partnership.

As part of the Hull FC Community Foundation’s ‘Teaming Up For Health’ partnership with the Hull KR Foundation, preparations are now underway for the Walking Rugby Derby, which will take place on the pitch at the MKM Stadium at half-time of the first-team Derby in the final round of the Betfred Super League season.

Working in association with Age UK Hull, there will be six weeks of training leading up to the main event on Saturday 3rd September.

Walking Rugby is exactly what it says on the tin, a far more moderate version of rugby league, offering both men and women the chance to participate.

It is a low impact version of the sport, so it is perfect for those who may have been inactive for a while, or for those who are seeking to get involved with some more low-impact physical activity.

Training sessions in preparation for the Walking Rugby Derby take place on Thursday evenings (6-7pm) at the Bonus Youth Performance Centre, with new players invited to come and join the team.

Head of Healthy & Wellbeing Maisie Malton said: “There has been a lot of banter at some of the ‘Our Best Years’ sessions between Hull FC and Hull KR fans, so we thought it would be good for them to put their money where their mouth is and go head-to-head in a walking rugby derby!

“Ultimately, it gets people fitter, out of the house and it’s great for socialising, three of the primary aims of our partnership with Age UK Hull.

“Our first training session was last Thursday and we’ll be continuing to build and grow as a team ahead of the big match next month, so feel free to come and represent the Black & White side of the city!”

To get involved, or if you’d like to find out more information, please email