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Swing into summer with Touch London festivals

19 June 2012

  • GlaxoSmithKline stage Touch event for Caravan grocers’ benevolent fund
  • Grasshoppers and HAC festivals add to the Touch London mix

Touch London swung into summer with a series of exciting festivals across the capital to continue delivering touch rugby to enthusiastic new participants from public and private sector workplaces.

Star players from England’s men’s and women’s sevens squads joined fellow internationals from around the world as guests at the Grasshoppers RFC community touch and sevens festival in Osterley.

In the evening, 35 adult players from workplaces across London had a fun game of Touch Rugby with the national team from Samoa, who then entertained the crowd by performing their Siva Tau war dance.

Also in west London, the GlaxoSmithKline playing fields in Ealing was the venue for a charity touch rugby event in aid of Caravan, the National Grocers’ Benevolent Fund.

Teams from a number of well-known businesses including GSK, Heinz, Allied Bakeries and Unilever were entered into a knockout tournament.

Kate Wragg of Allied Bakeries said: “We are indebted to the Mayor of London’s backing for Touch London and to the team from the RFU, whose aim is to encourage Londoners to become more active in the run up to this summer’s Olympics and beyond.

“Touch Rugby is a sport that is accessible to everyone. In this respect, the sport really reflects the broad demographic that Caravan seeks to support.”

The spotlight also shone on the heart of the City of London, with a mini festival at the Honourable Artillery Company RFC near Moorgate.

As part of the 475th anniversary celebrations of the HAC, Touch London held a mini festival at Finsbury Barracks for teams from CapCo, Norton Rose, HAC and Blackheath Ladies.

Phil Duffy, RFU lead on Touch London, said: “We have enjoyed running these festivals which are another way to introduce newcomers or lapsed players to the fun sport of Touch Rugby.

“We have a variety of festivals planned for the remainder of the summer and would encourage all workplaces to get in contact and enter.”

For more information contact Phil Duffy, or call 07736 517729