Photo: RFU Archive
Naturally, the full 15 a side game of contact rugby union is not everyone’s cup of tea. But the modern game is about so much more. 7 a side rugby is growing quickly after its inclusion in the 2016 Olympics was confirmed and the non-contact forms of rugby union are now a major part of the sport.
For schools, Touch rugby provides a great way to engage students of all abilities in an informal, simple, fun and flexible alternative. The RFU is particularly focussed on providing Touch for schools as an engagement tool with students in year 11 and above. Mixed Touch breakfast, lunchtime or after-school clubs where boys and girls can play the game together in a non-threatening and more social environment will help engage them more in activity. No training required, just come along and play.
We also see this as great way for teachers to empower the students to do it themselves. Thus, enhancing leadership and volunteering programmes at school. It’s a great inter-class or house competition opportunity and for the very adventurous could be an inter-school game competition or partnership forming tool.
For rugby players to encourage non-players to have a go is easy as the rules are simple, flexible and all about more young people having a chance to get active.
Touch is the ideal release during the exam and revision season for students to take 30 minutes out before getting back to work!
For details on the rules of Touch, support and ready-made promotional resources click on the following link to the O2 Touch programme.