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22 September 2021

Great read from our own “Hobbit “, James Hopkins, if you’ve been inspired by some of the stories don’t forget to look at our rugby recruitment session, 09/08/17 in our events.

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Great read from our own "Hobbit ", James Hopkins, if you've been inspired by some of the stories don't forget to look at our rugby recruitment session, 09/08/17 in our events.
“Growing up I had a troubled time, I always found myself doing the wrong things and getting in fights. I constantly found myself in bad situations. I now reflect on that time in my life and I realise the behaviour was caused by the battle I had with myself and who I was (or in this case who I didn’t want to be).
In school I was never big on sports. I actually hated any form of fitness. I’d go as far as saying I was pretty useless and to be fair in my last year I actually got banned from P.E due to fighting.
At the age of 25 I was still battling with my body image, anger issues and only had a handful of gay friends. I was stuck in a slight rut when Tom happened to message me, asking if i had ever thought of playing rugby.
Rugby was a sport I wished I had learned to play but never thought I was capable of. In April last year after much persistence from my best friend Sophie I nervously dragged myself to watch the boys train and joined in the following week and it was the best decision I ever made.
I wasn’t great to begin with but I found everyone was helpful and encouraging with me. I have never met such a diverse and inclusive bunch of guys. As I started training more I found my skills developing a great deal. I found I was becoming fitter and my body was changing. I also became more confident with myself and my body and to top it off I had made so many new friends.
The Swansea Vikings to me isn’t just a rugby team, it’s a family, the best sort of family! No matter what there is no judgement. Swansea Vikings have truly improved my life, fitness and overall health. If I hadn’t made that decision to try my first training session then I honestly don’t think I would be half the person I am today. Going to that first training session was the best decision of my life, it truly was! To this day rugby has become a massive part of my life and I have only the Swansea Vikings to thank”❤

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