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Lincoln College students deliver O2 Touch Festivals

25 June 2012

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The winners of the Lincoln College touch rugby festival

Photo : RFU Archive

Students  from Lincoln College have delivered a touch rugby festival as part of the RFU’s O2 Touch programme.

The eleven students formed a Student Management Team, having attained a Rugby Leaders Foundation Certificate, and then organised the festival, which involved 51 more students from the college.

The festival continued a successful programme of touch rugby at the college which has included taster sessions for students at the netball academy and a mixed-ability catering group.

The sessions with the netball academy were particularly successful with Lincoln College fielding three teams of mixed squads of rugby and netball players at the inaugural British Colleges Sport Beach Touch Rugby festival held at Skegness.

“The programme has helped to raise the profile of rugby union and has taken the game across college making it available to anyone who wants to play,” said Lincoln College rugby union coach Mick Kemp.

“We are also looking to develop a more regular programme of festivals locally next season to build on the work started this year.”

In addition to the Touch Rugby programme a number of the college’s rugby students will be assisting the RFU development staff in Lincolnshire in running the rugby union event at the Lincolnshire School Games on  June 27, providing them with another opportunity to gain voluntary experience in the community.

O2 Touch is the RFU’s nationwide initiative, helping to make the fun-filled, socially driven game of touch rugby available to all. Touch rugby can be played anywhere at anytime. All you need is a ball, some space and friends.

The O2 Touch programme will roll out this summer across England with clubs hosting festivals and touch rugby training and games, more activity will follow in the autumn. If you want to find out more go to www.rfu.com/o2touch