Warriors YMCA Homeless in House of Lords & Commons match

Warriors YMCA Homeless Touch Rugby team had a day to remember last Saturday when they took on an All Parliamentary House of Lords & Commons rugby team.

The Warriors YMCA Homeless team is made up of current and previous residents of Worcester’s YMCA which was set up in August 2013.

And the group last weekend took on a Lords & Commons team in an entertaining match at Staines RFC which finished 20-20.

The Warriors YMCA Homeless team then played with the Lords & Commons against an invitational team in a full-contact match.

The teams then had a meal and were kindly presented with a Lords and Commons Rugby Club tie which is going to be framed and hung up at the YMCA Worcester.

The Lords & Commons team also kindly donated tickets to see England v Samoa which was a first-ever opportunity for the YMCA residents to watch international rugby at Twickenham.

Community Coach Dave Rogers said: “It was a great opportunity to bring two diverse groups together for a game of touch rugby.

“The idea of the day was to build awareness of the struggles some people go through and to show how rugby can help combat these issues.

“The Warriors YMCA Homeless team showed discipline, determination and commitment, especially with a number of new faces in the team.

“Saturday’s experience will hopefully ignite their passion for the game of rugby and we are hoping to arrange a return fixture in the near future.”

Since the Warriors YMCA Homeless team was set up in August 2013, it has experienced growth which has included 25 participants competing in a number of matches and tournaments.

If you would be interested in giving our Warriors YMCA team a game, please contact dave.rogers@warriors.co.uk