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Summer Beach Tag kicks off at Clacton

30 June 2005

This summer's new Beach Tag Rugby series kicks off with a seaside party at Clacton-on-Sea in Essex this weekend - and anyone can come and join the fun!


The tour kicks off on the sand at Martello Bay at 12.30pm on Saturday, July 2, and heads to nine other venues throughout the country in July and August.


The programme, sponsored by Ginsters and Sportsmatch in association with and the Rugby Football Union, is all about participation and fun with a festival atmosphere heightened by the addition of live music, fireworks, barbecues and other sports activities.


Beach Tag is for all genders, ages and abilities, and is a non-contact five-a-side version of the sport with the emphasis on running, passing and evasion with tackling done by grabbing Velcro strips attached to waist belts.


"Fourteen teams have entered to take part in the games that are running from about 12.30 until 6pm, then we'll be partying the night away," said Clacton organiser Andrew Sarek.


"But anyone can take part - we have an extra pitch and coaches on hand who'll teach spectators how to play the game for 15 minutes so they can join in.


"As well as the rugby there'll be plenty of other things to do - and we've got interactive units from the RFU with kicking and passing cages so anyone can try out their skills.


"Beach Tag Rugby has generated a lot of interest in the area. The day starts as early as 8am for those who want to watch the Lions play New Zealand at Clacton RFC and we're delighted with the support we've received from Tendring District Council."


The Beach Tag Rugby series aims to get more people involved in playing, supporting, watching, officiating and volunteering in the game of rugby.


Dan Brown, RFU Recreational Rugby Lead officer, said: "Beach Tag Rugby is for all ages, all genders, families, couples and people who enjoy the game. The game is non-contact so is great for newcomers.


"With the invaluable help of several volunteers and officials the series is set for an exciting two months which will see some fast and exciting rugby. The rugby and local entertainment will make for a great weekend for spectators and players alike so come along to play or just to soak up the summer atmosphere."


Larry File, Marketing Controller for Ginsters, said: "As a Cornish company we were originally approached to support the sport at our local beaches in Cornwall. However it is now fantastic that the sponsorship of the RFU and Sportsmatch means that this new sport will be taken to a huge national audience. This is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to participate in a fun rugby competition at great British beach locations."


Jeremy Griffiths of, who pioneered the popular Lusty Glaze Beach Tag Rugby programme in Newquay, added: "There has been a fantastic growth of interest over the years with Beach Rugby attracting over 2000 people to the sport and this series will no doubt increase numbers further."


Nationwide Beach Rugby Festivals


Clacton, July 2

Contact Andrew Sarek on 07958138083  or email


Hoylake Beaches, July 16

Contact Andrew Soutar on 01512315374 or email


Croyde, July 17

Contact Jeremy Griffiths on 07870671562 or email


Skegness, July 23 

Contact Gareth Thomas on 07764699644 or email


Tynemouth, July 24

Contact Mark Foster on 07764933308 or email


Southwold, Suffolk July 30

Contact Dermot Chapman on 07711519223 or email


Scarborough, August 6

Contact Mike Holder on 07801297008 or email


Boscombe, Bournemouth August 13

Contact Dan Brown  on 07764960393 or email


Weymouth, August 20

Contact Dan Brown  on 07764960393 or email


Lusty Glaze, August 27

Contact Jeremy Griffiths on 07870671562 or email


To reserve your team's place please contact the above relevant person. Teams are requested to send in a registration form with a small entry fee (cost will vary due to the venue, on average �20).  Team kit will not be provided but playing equipment like balls and tags will.


The festival competition will be based on a world cup format with initial round robin pool stages followed by knockout rounds.