- Coventry club joins nationwide initiative
- Old Coventrians aim to cash in on World Cup interest
Old Coventrians will launch their weekly touch rugby sessions, which form part of the O2 Touch programme, a major initiative sponsored by O2 and the Rugby Football Union, on Saturday August 13.
The session is open to all and will be followed by weekly touch rugby sessions at Tile Hill Lane every Tuesday from August 16 to October 18 to take in the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
"Any initiative which encourages people to become more active must be welcomed," said Old Coventrians captain Kevin Grace.
"Rugby doesn’t have to be a full contact sport and the O2 Touch programme enables everyone, young or old, male or female, to have a go, get fit and have fun."
The Old Coventrians touch rugby session on August 13 starts at 12 noon. The Tuesday sessions will start at 7pm.
Further details can be obtained from Kevin Grace on 07764 845595 or on the club website: www.oldcoventriansrfc.co.uk
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.