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Captain’s Log – The importance of self care during lockdown

Captain, Innes MacLeod has a message to share about the importance of self care and why lockdown isn’t stopping him from looking forward.

During the lockdown it is important to think about being kind to yourself. That can mean different things to different people. Whether it’s indulging your sweet tooth, getting an extra hour’s sleep or simply grabbing 5 minutes of quiet time in a busy household. Over the past few weeks I have been increasingly thinking about how the way I treat myself, physically and mentally, has been restricted and the efforts I can make to find space and time for this.

We are being bombarded with the truism that the current restrictions are damaging for our mental and physical health. This is something I have been feeling keenly recently. Under normal circumstances I would spend an evening or two a week with my fellow Vulcans. As you might expect of any IGR club the Vulcans provide a fantastic community feeling which I am sorely missing. In addition, the routine and physical exertion of training has been hugely beneficial to my mental health and being apart from this has had its impact.

As a club we have tried to be innovative and have introduced zoom training sessions. For an hour a week we get together and squat, jump and stretch from our respective bedrooms, living rooms and gardens. While for some this might sound less than fun the return of routine, the ability to see my friends and the physical benefits have helped enormously with the challenge of lockdown. The benefit of regular exercise on mental health is by no means a silver bullet but is well accepted and I find it a useful tool for keeping my spirits up through this time.

Weekly high intensity exercise may sound like the opposite of being kind to yourself to some and as someone who always preferred the pie and chips after playing rugby than the game itself I can sympathise. Finding something that is accessible, enjoyable and fits in with your day to day can be hard. Even making time for a short walk every day has been hugely beneficial for me. With the streets and parks being relatively quiet I find this not only good exercise but a good time to clear my head of the busyness of work and the often gloomy daily news. An important aspect of mindfulness is bringing yourself into the present moment and being more aware of your body and surroundings. A quiet walk is often a great opportunity to do this. I’ve started noticing new buildings and great views of the city from the streets around my flat. These moments give me time to reflect and leave me feeling more positive and able to take on the day.

This is what works for me but it is important to find what works for you whether it’s yoga, chairobics, running or following the lead of my partner and buying an inflatable kayak to take up the local canal. Making time to be kind to your body and mind can help you through the lockdown.

Want to learn more about the Sheffield Vulcans’ plans for the 2019/2020 season? Get in touch today by emailing committee@sheffieldvulcans.com

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How the Sheffield Vulcans helped heal my relationship with straight men

Archie shares his experience about growing up surrounded by women, his taut relationship with straight men, and how joining an inclusive Rugby team has helped him heal old wounds, and create new amazing relationships!

“I grew up in a household with 5 women. I had 4 older sisters and my mom. Then along came my sister’s girl-friends, my aunties and more! I was surrounded by women, all the time, which meant that I found it more comfortable to be around women as that’s all I knew. My closest friends have always been girls throughout primary school, secondary school, college and so on. This wasn’t just because of familiarity, it was also because for most of my life I’ve feared straight men.”

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Picking a starting Lions XV based on the 6 Nations.

By Charlie PM

After instinctively opening BBC sport for the sixteenth time today, only to be met with another update of which sport has been added to the ‘indefinitely suspended’ list, it seemed like a good time to reflect on where the 6 Nations has left the status of international rugby.

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Age Is No Barrier: how I got involved with inclusive rugby even though I’m not in my 20s

Sheffield is a university city, and so like some other clubs we have a younger demographic of students or recent graduates. However Glenn Allen wanted to share his experiences of being part of the Sheffield Vulcans and getting involved with Inclusive Rugby, even though he isn’t in his 20s 😉

“I played a lot of Rugby, in my hometown, at Uni and for Sheffield Tigers but finished at the age of 28. Torn knee ligaments in a skiing accident caused me to miss the second half of that season, slow rehabilitation and a promotion at work meant my priorities changed and I never went back the following season. That was the year 2000. Continue reading

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Sheffield Vulcans vs Newcastle Ravens

Date: 11th January 2020
Location: Sheffield Tigers RUFC, Sheffield

The Vulcans welcomed the Ravens to a cold and windy Dore Moor, as we were hosted for the second time by Sheffield Tigers.

The game was organised over four, 20-minute quarters to enable both squads to gain plenty of game time, by allowing rolling subs, in what was to be a good experience for both clubs, with both teams debuting players.

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6 Nations Predictions 2020 by Charlie PM

It’s finally here. It’s finally time to fill that big Tokyo shaped hole in your heart with 8 weeks of everyone’s favourite annual sporting occasion. On Saturday the Six Nations is here, and it might be the tightest to call for some time.

While that might be an almost unbearable cliche, any tournament following a World Cup inevitably bears the scars of the highs and lows experienced by its competitors within those tumultuous 6 weeks, and I see this year being no exception. Continue reading

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Caledonian Thebans Rugby Clinic – 2019

On Friday 25th of October, the Sheffield Vulcans gathered together at the train station to travel to Edinburgh for the annual Rugby clinic hosted by the Caledonian Thebans RUFC. Players from 19 IGR teams across Europe participated in this year’s clinic making it the biggest yet!

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Sheffield Vulcans VS King Cross Steelers

Date: 28th September 2019
Location: Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park, Sheffield

Despite an overcast sky, the ground and weather provided perfect match conditions for the Sheffield Vulcans first home game of the 2019/2020 season. With a full squad and many Vulcans taking to the pitch for the first game with the team, Sheffield’s inclusive rugby club awaited the visitors from London – The Kings Cross Steelers.

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Turns Out, Rugby Is The Sport For Me – Voice of a New Player

“I’ve Never Played Rugby Before. Sports Just Aren’t For Me.” That’s what Matt Buckingham thought before he joined Sheffield Vulcans. Read more about Matt’s first few weeks of being part of Sheffield’s inclusive Rugby club and how it’s changed his mind about team sports and given him new confidence and opportunities.

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Captain’s Log – What To Expect from Sheffield Vulcans in 19/20

Captain, Innes MacLeod gives an insight into what he wants the club to achieve in our upcoming season.

As the Vulcans second birthday approaches so does the anniversary of my first trip to Endcliffe Park for a training session with the club. If you went back in time and told me that in a year I would be heading into the next season as captain I would have been, to say the least, surprised. It’s been an amazing year with training sessions that built confidence, socials that brought new friends and games that reminded everyone involved why we love this game. So the feeling I have looking forward is not surprise but excitement for what promises to be this young clubs best season yet.

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