Aug. 13, 2018, 2:52 p.m.
The sport of Jugger lets a five year old chase a sixty year old with a foam sword - who’s in? Meeting at Kensington Park in Whangarei every week, the group of Jugger enthusiasts meet to play their new to New Zealand sport. Sean Stanley, the event coordinator, explains some of the rules before covering what exactly it is about Jugger that makes it good for the community. Stanley says "Jugger is a cross between touch rugby and middle ages combat".
Jugger is accessible and affordable, with only a gold coin donation needed. On top of the affordability, Jugger is great for fitness, reflexes, and meeting new people. Any age or fitness level can play the popular european sport, which makes it a great way to bring the community together. The NZ Jugger League’s President, Bonnie Levin, also chips in about the sport and gives her point of view ephasising that both gendres can play and that there are no age restrictions. This game is played oversees in Australia, Germany, Ireland & Sweden to name a few places.
A student involved in the group, Eleanor, is a perfect example of Juggers further impact on the community. Being involved with the group has allowed the young artist to design logos and more to aid in the promotion of the sport, benefiting both the NZ Jugger League and also providing her with valuable experience in her chosen field. You can find their facebook page with more information here: https://www.facebook.com/nzjugger/