Berkshire Brigands Mixed Ability Rugby

Berkshire Brigands Mixed Ability Rugby


Hi guys! I was wondering if I could get some help from my fellow MAR brothers.

I am writing a masters thesis which investigates the experiences of autistic and non-autistic adults (18-30 years) in getting NHS mental health support. I am an ex-science teacher, wishing to retrain as a clinical psychologist with a child disability focus. I volunteer with Bath Mind and manage the Walcot Warriors for which several of our players are autistic. Improving access to mental health is a passion of mine and is not greatly discussed in the general population.

To support my research, I am looking to recruit autistic and non-autistic people within the UK between the ages of 18-30 who have experienced, or are experiencing, mental ill-health.
A full background to the study and access to the questionnaire is found via the link below. If you wish to comment/ask about the study, please send me an email (my email is available via the link).

Please share with anybody you feel may be eligible for this study. All help is massively appreciated
Thanks for the invite to Reading Rans today!
Lovely food and a great game 🥰
Pity about Tom's shorts 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️
A few shots from a fantastic day of mixed ability rugby, hosted by Berkshire Brigands Mixed Ability Rugby at Windsor Rugby Club.

Many more shots can be seen over on my website -

Walcot Warriors - Mixed Ability Rugby, Longlevens Mixed Ability Rugby, Surrey Chargers - Mixed Ability Rugby at Chobham RFC, Melksham Mixed Ability Rugby
Berkshire Brigands at Windsor yesterday.
Fantastic afternoon supporting Berkshire Brigands Mixed Ability Rugby in Windsor! Great games, great atmosphere and lots of fun had by all 🏉 🥇
Berkshire Brigands were on the telly last night! Thank you to Lewis Coombes and BBC South News for coming over to find out what mixed ability rugby is all about!
Berkshire Brigands Mixed Ability Rugby are set to host an exciting mixed ability rugby festival at Windsor Rugby Club

Berkshire Brigands at Newbury on Saturday.
Berkshire Brigands Mixed Ability Rugby are the county's first mixed ability rugby team. Inspired by a young man with Down Syndrome, Duncan Stonehouse, the team played their first competitive fixture last year against the Surrey Chargers.

Reading Rugby
Being able to witness the growth of Berkshire Brigands Mixed Ability Rugby Brigands Mixed Ability Rugby Club this year has been a privilege. Their community culture has created something very special.

To find out more >>>
Peter Williamson, CEO of SecureCloud+, was delighted to present the new playing kit to Colin Stonehouse and Craig Hunter, two cornerstones at Berkshire Brigands Mixed Ability Rugby. Read more 👉
Berkshire Brigands' first away fixture at Surrey Chargers. It was a fantastic day with some great rugby played by both sides. So proud of these guys and how far they've come in just a few months. The new strips look pretty good too!

A Reading based mixed ability rugby team for ages 18+. Actively including those with or without lear

Operating as usual


Good afternoon, we are all really looking forward to hosting our first mixed ability festival at Windsor RFC on Saturday 9th April.

We have been blown away by the support and interest from many people who wish to get involved.

Due to the interest we are looking for extra volunteers to help us make this day a great success.

If anyone can help, see below what help we need, please contact us thank you in advance.

BBC Radio Berkshire Berkshire RFU CH Rugby Get Berkshire Active BBC South South Today


Half time at Richmond Rugby Club, great game between Surrey Chargers and Brigands.

Team talk sorting out tactics.

Come on Brigands!!!!

Toppesfield SecureCloud+ thank you for your support!!!


Go Brigands!

Very excited to announce a huge milestone in the Brigands story - our first away fixture!
Saturday 22nd May at 10.15a.m. at Chobham RFC....
Berkshire Brigands v Surrey Chargers

Chargers - Mixed Ability Rugby at Chobham RFC


Good skills training!

25 on the pitch this morning!

Photos from Berkshire Brigands Mixed Ability Rugby's post 10/04/2021

Loving being back at rugby


The Brigands are back!

After some time... we’re back!!!


All watching the Italy v France Six Nations match and managed to spot Christophe Ridley as the Assistant Referee! Hopefully we’ll be meeting him in real life soon. Duncs says Keep up the good work!

Berkshire Brigands 24/01/2021

Berkshire Brigands

On behalf of everyone Berkshire Brigands Mixed Ability Rugby and Reading RFC, I would like to thank for their generous grant of £1,000 towards new rugby kit for the team as soon as we can start playing again.

If you would like more information about us, visit

Berkshire Brigands Berkshire Brigands are an adult rugby union community team welcoming players with learning disabilities, autism, other barriers and those without.


Tune in at 6pm guys.... search for Sarah Hunter on facebook and you will see her go live and talk directly to you and your little ones! Don’t miss it 🏉


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of you from the Brigands. We are so grateful for the incredible start we have had - even with a global pandemic. None of us could have predicted how much it would take off and that’s all down to the players, coaches, parents and supporters so a huge thank you to you all!

Looking ahead, we don’t know how long tier 4 will last but we are working our hardest at Brigands HQ to try and sort something out to get your weekly dose of rugby.

With a vaccine in the pipeline and hopefully a return to normal, who knows what 2021 will bring? Maybe even a friendly?!

We all hope you have had a safe and happy holiday season and new year and we hope to be back on the pitch soon!

- the Stonehouse family and Craig 🥳


Have a very merry and safe Christmas from our brigands family to yours from our very own 🎅🏻....sorry I mean Dave and the rest of the Berkshire Brigands


This is Stuart one of our hard working players but he is also a key worker 🚑 we want to say a massive thank you to all key workers in our squad, in the coaching team and outside of the brigands and wish you a safe and very merry Christmas and hope you can enjoy this festive time


You are not alone. These key phone numbers are there for those suffering or in need of help at their lowest point 24/7 and other phone numbers to help can be found online. Don’t suffer in silence


Just one photo of Drew and Duncan from Thursday night’s very active lockdown training session. Very sweaty after that one!



As the temperature outside gets colder, we are now looking to get base layers for our team but we need a sponsor. If you or your company could help, please contact us through our website
The company will get their logo visually on the lower sleeve. Any help would be greatly appreciated :)


Even though training was cancelled at the very last minute, we were all ready and raring to go for a spooktacular Halloween training session. With some very cool costumes and makeup to boot!

Following Boris’ lockdown announcement, we are in the dark as to what the brigands will look like over the next month. We are currently working that out and will let everyone know as soon as we find out what’s happening...

Enjoy your Halloween all and stay safe!


It’s been a month since the Brigands launched already! Here’s what’s happened in the last month :)


We were on BBC South Today this evening! We are so grateful for the support from Alan (who filmed and edited our story). We are also so grateful for the support we’ve had on this page - we are so lucky!

Here is a bit of footage from Thursday’s training session to show how your support has helped us to achieve so much already!


It’s been almost a week since our first Thursday training session! Here’s a picture of the inaugural Thursday training team. We have a few more joining us tomorrow so hopefully we may have even more soon!!


🚨 THIS IS NOT A DRILL 🚨 The Berkshire Brigands will be on TONIGHT’S South Today programme from 6.30 tonight!! Please have a watch if you would like to know more about us!


So increasing the anticipation we weren't on BBC South Today this evening. Keep watching the 6.30p.m. programmes to make sure you catch it!

Photograph courtesy of the superb Richard Angell Photography.


Extremely exciting news for the Brigands! We had a lovely time with Allen Sinclair from BBC South today and we’ll (hopefully) be on BBC South Today tomorrow on the 6.30 programme!! So please tune in or watch on IPlayer if you can to learn more about the Brigands.
One of our founders, Kate and Reading RFC President Yasmin will be on BBC Radio Berkshire tomorrow morning at 7.50 talking about the Brigands so go and give it a listen if you would like to.

Photos from Berkshire Brigands Mixed Ability Rugby's post 29/09/2020

We had an incredible first training session last Saturday! Here are some of the lovely pictures from it. Many thanks to Rich Angell for the pictures, to Jonathon Fowke for filming (video to follow!) and to the Surrey Chargers for joining us and showing everyone how great Mixed Ability is! Here’s to more training sessions!!

Reading RFC establish new mixed ability Rugby team - The Wokingham Paper 27/09/2020

Reading RFC establish new mixed ability Rugby team - The Wokingham Paper

Wow! Thank you so much for your support Wokingham.Today. It really means a lot to have you guys help us spread the word!!

Reading RFC establish new mixed ability Rugby team - The Wokingham Paper Rugby in Berkshire will soon be available to more people than ever after the inception of a new rugby team, Berkshire Brigands. Berkshire Brigands will be a mixed ability rugby side and are welcoming anyone to join regardless of disability, despite not being strictly a disability team.  Players are...


Founding members ready to go for our first training session at 11am this morning at Reading Rugby club

Photos from Berkshire Brigands Mixed Ability Rugby's post 25/09/2020

Very exciting times this evening!! We have our first bit of Brigands stash, just in time for our launch tomorrow! If you are interested in joining our team, we train on Saturdays from 11.00-12.30 and Thursdays 18.30-20.00 - starting from TOMORROW!!! 🥳🥳


The journey to Launch!

Exciting news! The Brigands has a launch date… Learn about our story and how you can get involved by watching this video!

Berkshire Brigands Rugby 10/09/2020

Berkshire Brigands Rugby

Good evening all, welcome to Berkshire Brigands, Berkshire's first mixed ability rugby team.

With the support of Berkshire RFU, Reading RFC, CH Rugby, Get Berkshire Active and IMAS - International Mixed Ability Sports - we will be holding our first training session at Reading RFC on Saturday 26th September, between 11am - 12.30pm.

We are just another rugby team!

Take a look at our introductory video on YouTube - or visit our team page

This is an open invitation to anyone to give it a go. The team will adopt and adhere to all RFU, Government and Berkshire RFU policies and guidelines, "like any other team".

Want to join us, then send an email to [email protected]

Thank you in advance for your interest and support, we can't wait to get going. 😀

Berkshire Brigands Rugby Mixed Ability Rugby Team based at Reading RFC, Holme Park, Sonning

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Go Brigands!
Good skills training!
The Brigands are back!
Happy New Year!
The journey to Launch!





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