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O2 Touch fever hits Wootton Bassett

12 June 2012

  • Wootton Bassett RFC running O2 Touch programme
  • Touch Programme is open to players of all abilities

Wootton Bassett RFC is appealing to the local community to give Touch Rugby a try through the Rugby Football Union’s O2 Touch campaign.

The RFU’s O2 Touch programme is a nationwide initiative aimed at making this fun-filled, socially-driven game available to all, and this Wiltshire club is running sessions every Friday evening at 7pm.

The initiative, which aims to introduce a whole host of new enthusiasts to the game, will run throughout the summer and into the start of the new season. Aimed at players 15 years-old and above, the emphasis is on community activity, mixing men and women and players of all abilities, from complete beginners to those looking to get back into the game.

“Touch Rugby is a fun and social way to exercise and get fit,” said Andrew Wakeley, player and coach at Wootton Bassett RFC. “It’s also a great way to get involved in a team activity with all the benefits that it brings. It's not serious, there are no prizes and no winners or losers, so you don't have to be super-fit or super-competitive. 

“Wootton Bassett RFC is a community within the community; we operate at the heart of the town. The programme is professionally and safely run by qualified coaches with consideration to the ability levels of all involved, and with an eye to maximising the fulfilment for all participants.”

Touch Rugby offers a new and exciting way to introduce people to playing rugby. More than 15,000 men and women across the UK take part in organised Touch tournaments each year.  The game is very simple – all you need is a rugby ball, a space to play and some people. 

The idea of the Touch Rugby is to make rugby more accessible and appealing to a broader variety of people across traditional and non-traditional rugby regions, leading to an increase in participation; increasing both the recruitment of new players and the retention of current ones. 

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