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Touch rugby fun back on Tyneside agenda

04 May 2010

  • Newcastle Falcons Community Foundation are front-runners in touch rugby
  • Comprehensive programme offers chance for all

Fun and frolic are synonymous these days with the City of Newcastle, so it is no surprise that the Newcastle Falcons Community Foundation should be front-runners in the rapidly expanding world of touch rugby, the strictly fun side of the sport which caters for everyone.

The days when rugby union was defined by the number ‘15’ are long gone. Sevens rugby is now part of the Olympic movement; Tens tournaments are commonplace; Beach rugby is a growth sport during the summer months. ‘Social inclusion’ is the name of the game and that remit extends across every sector of society.

In short, while elite rugby as played by the Falcons and the Guinness Premiership teams remains the focus of media and spectator attention, the parallel socially-focused arm of the game is becoming stronger each year, as the Newcastle Community Foundation programme for 2010 graphically illustrates.

Building on their successes of recent years, the organisers have again put together a comprehensive programme which caters for all levels of ability and diverse groups.

The programme launches on Wednesday, May 12 (5.30/9.30pm) with a Corporate Touch Rugby event at Kingston Park which will set the scene for a summer of activity which will combine fun and fitness in equal measure.

The presence of Falcons players as coaches to each of the teams gives the corporate tournament a professional dimension, but in other sections the make up of teams ensures that there is a level playing field.

Teams in the Kington Park Advanced League and the Kingston Park Social League, who both begin on Wednesday, May 19 and run for eight weeks, must all include two females, with the Advanced League available to an unlimited number of rugby players – someone who has taken part in a competitive game of rugby at any level in the last 12 months – and the Social League being restricted to two regular players per team.

The latter qualifications also apply to teams taking part in the Tynemouth Beach Touch Rugby Festival, which this year will be held on Sunday, August 1, 2010.

Details of all the events from Melanie Magee, Newcastle Falcons Community Foundation, Druid Park, Callerton Lane, Woolsington, Newcastle NE13 8DF or from Melanie.magee@falconsfoundation.co.uk.