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Burton stage O2 Touch evening

08 August 2011

  • Staffordshire club to host fun rugby evening
  • Burton join nationwide touch rugby initiative

Burton are running a pitch-up-and-play Touch Rugby Evening at their Peel Croft ground on Friday August 26 as part of the O2 Touch programme, a major initiative sponsored by O2 and the Rugby Football Union which aims to help the non-contact version of the game to spread its wings.

Burton are encouraging as many new and past players as possible to take part in a evening of rugby fun.

The bar will open and there will be a barbecue alongside rugby for players aged over 16 – male and female – of all abilities and experience.

Further details can be obtained from Tom Bartram at: tombartram@rfu.com

The O2 Touch programme is a nationwide initiative aimed at making this fun-filled, socially driven game available to anyone over the age of 16.  Over 400 clubs across the country – more than 100 of them across the Midlands – have already signalled their intention to participate in the project over the summer months, which means that there will be an opportunity for everyone to join the programme at a nearby club.

While the game incorporates all the handling and evasion skills of the full game, this non-contact version provides a great opportunity for rugby folk and people from a non-rugby background to get together in a game which embraces simple skills and fitness in equal measure.

RFU affiliated clubs across England will be running weekly touch rugby sessions throughout the summer to bring the game to a much wider audience and introduce new friends to the game and the unique camaraderie of the sport.

 Everyone is invited to come along to his or her local rugby club, try it out and see how accessible and welcoming their local club is. (To find your local club visit www.rfu.com/O2touch).

 O2 Touch is the first initiative to be rolled out to support the RFU’s Choose Rugby campaign which aims to increase participation in the sport ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2015.

 Through Choose Rugby, the RFU is encouraging people to find a rugby club and start, restart or carry on playing rugby, either in the traditional 15-a-side game or in modified short and non-contact versions of the game like touch, tag or sevens.

To encourage players to participate in the O2 Touch programme, the RFU is also running an online video competition with winners having the chance to play at Twickenham. Video footage of individual O2 Touch events can be submitted to www.rfu.com/O2touch, with an RFU committee selecting the top five films from the North and the South and the winning teams getting the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play at Twickenham.

Midlands O2 Touch clubs

East Midlands: Biggleswade, Kettering, Leighton Buzzard, Luton, St Ives, Towcestrians, Wellingborough, Corby, Daventry, Kempston, Northampton BBOB, Old Northamptonians, Oundle, Rushden & Higham, Stewarts & Lloyds, Stockwood Park, Wellingborough OG, Renegades, Bedford Touch League, Peterborough, Peterborough Lions.

Leicestershire: Birstall, Hinckley, Leicester Forest.

North Midlands: Aston OE, Birmingham Barbarians, Birmingham Exiles, Birmingham Wyvern, Bishop’s Castle & Onny Valley, Bredon Star, Bromsgrove, Bromyard, Camp Hill, Chaddesley Corbett, Droitwich, Edwardians, Five Ways OE, Harborne, Hereford, Kidderminster Carolians, Kings Norton, Ledbury, Lordswood Dixonians, Market Drayton, Moseley, Moseley Oak, Newport, Old Saltleians, Oswestry, Ross-on-Wye, Telford Hornets, Tenbury, Yardley & District.

Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire: Ashfield,  East Retford, Ilkeston, Kesteven, Lincoln, Mansfield, Meden Vale, Melbourne, Mellish, Newark, Ollerton, Southwell, Stamford, West Bridgford.

Staffordshire: Bloxwich, Burntwood, Burton, Cannock, Eccleshall, Essington, Leek, Lichfield, Linley & Kidsgrove, Longton, Newcastle under Lyme, Rugeley, Stafford, Stoke, Stone, Tamworth, Trentham, Whittington, Willenhall, Wolverhampton.

Warwickshire: Alcester, Barkers’ Butts, Berkswell & Balsall, Broadstreet, Copsewood, Kenilworth, Keresley, Leamington, Newbold on Avon, Old Coventrians, Old Laurentians, Pinley, Rugby St Andrews, Shipston on Stour, Silhillians, Southam, Stoke OB, Stratford, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickians.