Intra-Mural Rugby – the new sport on the block

Intra-Mural Rugby is becoming very popular with many at NTU, with participation increasing by over 40% in just six months. But what exactly is it, and why should you get involved?

Intra-Mural rugby is becoming increasingly popular at NTU with the number of participants, both male and female, increasing by over 40 per cent in six months. But what exactly is it, and why should you get involved?

To find out more we caught up with Daniel Edson, Rugby Activator at NTU?

NTU: Hi Dan, tell us a bit about you and how you got involved in the programme.

Daniel: Well, I've always been passionate about sport, so I studied Coaching and Sports Science at NTU. Then, when I graduated in 2013 I was lucky enough to land this great job at NTU as Rugby Activator. I'm also studying MSc Sports Coaching part time.

NTU: What does a day in the life of a Rugby Activator at NTU look like?

Daniel: Although the day to day life of a rugby activator changes on a daily basis, it typically consists of developing new and exciting opportunities for all. This involves meetings with a wide range of people both internally and externally, alongside planning, booking and marketing all the new opportunities and events. There is also the delivery of the events and courses, which is another important part of my day, and this is supported by a small but fantastic group of student volunteers!

NTU: So, tell us, what exactly is Intra-Mural rugby?

Daniel: Intra-Mural rugby is a social and less competitive way to get involved in rugby during your time here at NTU. There are many different forms of the game to get involved in, from touch and tag through to 7s, 10s and the full 15 a-side game.

NTU: Why do you think it's becoming so popular?

Daniel: It's a fantastic way to get involved in rugby at NTU. There's something to cater for everyone's style and ability and literally anyone can play. You can sharpen your existing skills in the game, or learn new skills if you've never played before. Also, playing rugby can hugely improve your fitness and it's such a social and enjoyable sport that people often make friends for life.

NTU: Are there any developments you have been particularly proud of this year?

Daniel: Developing a mixed touch rugby team out at Brackenhurst campus was definitely a highlight. I also worked alongside the NTU Women's Rugby Club to develop a development second team who have been gaining both training and playing experience. These newly created opportunities have been proving what the whole programme is about - rugby really is for everyone and no previous playing experience is necessary.

NTU: What does the future look like for Intra-Mural rugby at NTU?

Daniel: I'd like to double the number of participants currently involved in Intra-Mural rugby, and I want to raise awareness of it too so that those at NTU know they can play if they want to. I also aim to see the coach education programme grow, to produce the next group of coaches, officials and volunteers who will be the key in the delivery of the rugby programme in the future.

NTU: So how can people who are interested get involved?

Daniel: For more information and to keep up to date with all opportunities, take a look at the website or drop me an email. You can also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter – I look forward to seeing new faces!

Intra-Mural Rugby – the new sport on the block

Published on 25 April 2014
  • Category: Sport

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