Tue 17 Nov 2020 16:06

North Dorset Rugby Football Club (NDRFC) have taken Vivienne Worrall under their wing to

teach her to play Touch rugby.

Vivienne Worrall and her partner John Curtis, from Tisbury, took part in a World Record

Attempt to play the highest game of rugby in the world. They set off in April and trekked to

Advanced Base camp in Tibet to attempt two records - one full contact and one-touch rugby.

John had played rugby in the past but said he is quite rusty and not been on a pitch for some

time. Vivienne had not played rugby before, at least hadn’t until one Sunday last year. Invited and

supported by coaches George Cordle, Colin Fricker and Mark Dineley and Mini’s chairman

David Mounde, Vivienne joined the Under 10’s and Under 9’s for her first coaching session.

She said she was quite nervous and even wearing rugby boots was new to her. However, she

committed to learning as much as she could and joined in with the training. Vivienne

confessed that it wasn’t as easy as watching it on the screen, and keeping behind the ball

proved quite difficult for her! She has the utmost respect for all her team members who played

well despite having a total beginner on their team. As the training continued, Vivienne

grew in confidence and even scored a try or two! Her team showed her respect and involved

her very much in the game. “It was clear they had an understanding of the game and were

committed to having fun as well as conducting themselves in a sporting manner. I am very

grateful to them all for allowing me to join in and to give me tips along the way”. Vivienne and

John were awarded “Players of the Week” and presented with club beanies. They will be

wearing them with pride on Everest.


George Cordle commented “All the children I spoke with, said how much they enjoyed

playing touch rugby and having Vivienne and John with them – it was a fun change from the

full contact which they normally play! The girls and boys all went home having played an

important part in preparing Viv and John for their Everest world record-breaking challenge and

we look forward to training with them again”.


NDRFC are proud to support John and Vivienne as they raise funds for the children’s

charity Wooden Spoon. Wooden Spoon help disabled children and young people facing

disadvantage. They provide funds for projects throughout the UK and Ireland. The LMAX

Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge is set to raise at least £200,000 from their world record

attempt. Vivienne and John have a personal target of £20,000 which they hope most will be

spent in the Dorset and Wiltshire area, helping Riding for the Disabled and the provision of

wheelchairs and surfboards for the use on the Dorset coast. You can help to raise this money


by donating directly at www.virginmoneygiving.com/JohnCurtis15 or text EVERESTVIV20 to

700085 to give £20 (or 10 for £10, 5 for £5).

Vivienne and John were made honorary members of the NDRFC and trained a few more time before they departed.

See some video messages to the club from Lee Mears, Tamara Taylor, Ollie Phillips and Shane Williams on YouTube by clicking here

Wooden Spoon is the children’s charity of rugby, funding life-changing projects across the UK

and Ireland to support children and young people with disabilities or facing disadvantage.

They fund a range of projects, which are not just rugby focused, supporting approximately 70

projects, a year including respite and medical treatment centres, sensory rooms, specialist

playgrounds and community-based programmes. Since their founding in 1983, they have

distributed in excess of £26 million to more than 700 projects, helping over 1 minion disabled

and disadvantaged children.


Their rugby heritage gives them their core values of passion, integrity, teamwork and fun,

working closely with the wider rugby community, the values drive the ethos and spirit in

everything they do.




The LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge is set to take place across 24 days (13 April to

6 May) and will see 26 challengers battle acclimatisation and heights of 6,500 metres to play

the highest game of full-contact rugby and the highest game of mixed rugby in history - all in

support of Wooden Spoon.



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