- Women’s touch available at two NE venues
- Newcomers warming to new fitness option
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Women's rugby is one of the fastest growing branches of sport in the UK and opportunities to get involved have never been as plentiful in the North East, where two new touch rugby programmes have been created to provide a simple but enjoyable entry into the sport.
Two leagues have already made successful starts at Bishop Auckland RFC and Novocastrians RFC which will run for four Wednesday evenings (7pm start) in June, culminating in a session at Newcastle Falcons on June 24.
With over 60 players from five clubs represented at the first two sessions, the leagues got away to a solid start and there is plenty of optimism that as word of the opportunity spreads, numbers will develop.
Players from Novocastrians, Morpeth, Bishop Auckland, Houghton and Darlington are all involved in the programme, with player recruitment and retention the longer term goal beyond keeping fit and having fun on the night.
Plans are in place to use the programme to support schools interested in establishing Under 13 teams, university students and other clubs from the North East who have women and girls interested in giving rugby a try.
“I was pleased with the first couple of sessions and I’m sure we can develop from here,” said Community Rugby Coach Laura Coleman. “The beauty of touch rugby is that it is non-contact in the normal rugby sense and simply involves passing a ball, evasion skills and running.
“It’s a great way to get or stay fit and there is also an important social dimension. For example it’s a great way for women or girls coming into a community to get to know people and make new friendships. Rugby is renowned for being a friendly, inclusive sport in which everyone is welcome and that is just as true of the girls’ game as it is of the men’s.”
For further information contact:
Laura Coleman on 07718 706552 or at Lauracoleman@rfu.com
George Briggs on 07590 923210 or at George.Briggs@northumbria.ac.uk