It is rugby, but not as you know it�
Nottingham's Moderns Rugby Ground in Wilford is set to host the city's first ever organised mixed touchrugby leagues from the beginning of May. Touchrugby, or TOUCH as it is becoming known, is a recognised sport played throughout the world by men, women and children of all ages and all skill levels and�. you don't have to be a rugby player to take part. In fact, being a newcomer to the oval shaped ball often helps.
Polly York who first picked up a rugby ball last summer is hooked on the sport:
"I heard about touch through my gym. I was getting quite bored of doing the same things, so a whole gang of us decided to give it a try. It's easy to get into and one of the attractions is the lack of contact. It's good fun and is a great way to keep fit. It's also mixed and very sociable, being outside really helps."
The leagues for 2005 will be played on Monday nights, starting May 9th at Moderns Rugby Club, in Wilford Village, Nottingham and anyone is welcome to come along and give it a go, either as an individual or as part of a team.
The leagues are organised by Perfect Motion Sports Marketing, based in Beeston. Chris Simon, Director of the Company commented:
"Touch has been played in the UK for several years, especially in London, but until last year mixed touch had not been played in Nottingham. It's a great way of keeping fit and meeting new friends, whilst also providing a competitive environment for those that want a bit more out of their exercise routine. It is non-contact, which means it can be played by both men and women of all ages, shapes and sizes."
Touch is a minimal contact sport with none of the tackling, line outs, rucking or mauling that are found on the field of other codes of rugby. But, this does not mean that it is any less good for you. An hour spent playing touch can burn up to 500 calories.
Physiotherapist Chrissy Verrall has been playing touch for eight years.
"I started playing for social and fitness reasons, and I wanted to be part of a team. The game keeps you moving. It can help improve your fitness massively and it is a good sport for anyone in the late stages of rehab. I got back into touch after I'd had a baby and it really helped me get my fitness and figure back."
For those that have never played before, open sessions are currently played every Monday between 8pm and 9pm at Rushcliffe Leisure Centre giving newcomers to the game a chance to learn some of the basics before the competition itself begins.
Touch is easier to play than some other team sports, with emphasis on the �more simple' skills of running, passing and catching. It sounds all too easy, doesn't it?
To register your interest, or for further information please contact Perfect Motion Sports Marketing on 0115 9161615 and speak to Chris, Mel, Helen or Jo, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.