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O2 Touch comes to Birmingham

10 April 2012

  • Selly Oak Park to stage weekly sessions
  • Thursday Touch Rugby comes to Brum

The Rugby Football Union is running weekly Touch Rugby sessions for adult players at Selly Oak Park in Birmingham on every Thursday evening between April 26 and May 31 as part of the O2 Touch programme.

The sessions are open to players of all abilities and are suitable for individuals or teams to enter.

The sessions, which will run from 6pm to 7.30pm, are free to join and are open to all players aged 16 and over.

Touch Rugby is a non-contact version of rugby which provides a fun introduction to the sport or an ideal way for players to ease themselves back into playing after a long spell out.

A fast, simple and exciting game it promotes the fundamental rugby skills of handling, evasion and support play, without the physicality of the 15-a-side game.

There is a great social side to playing touch. There are quick and simple rules and there are touch rugby events happening across the country all year round.

The O2 Touch programme is designed to introduce new or existing players to touch rugby via their local clubs. Whether they are retired rugby players who can no longer play 80 minutes, touchline parents who fancy a bit of the action without the intensity of a full rugby game, or sportsmen and women who want to keep fit during the off-season, touch rugby is a great solution.

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, touch, tag or sevens.

Further information about the Touch Rugby sessions in Selly Oak Park is available at: or Facebook: RFU Touch Rugby Birmingham.