In2Touch Christmas Shootout gives rookies a good run

The inaugural Christmas Shootout took place over the past four Sundays at Clapham Common, and what a league it was!

 
 

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Each week the teams turned up to enjoy this social league and as the weather was on our side all the way through, the players stayed behind to support and cheer on the teams playing in the later games. This was fantastic to see and we would like it to continue onto the 2016 Touch season.

The league unintentionally, and with no disrespect to any players, became an introductory league for many of the players. With three out of the eight teams having only played touch before, it was expected that the level of touch would be very low, but how wrong we were!

The first week gave the teams a chance to learn the basic rules and understand the tactics of the game. Then in the weeks after that, something we knew would happen took place right before our eyes.

Complete beginners showed how easy and simple it is to get into touch and enjoy this amazing game. Both men and women were on the field, running the show and scoring touchdowns every chance they got.

What we were most proud of was the number of people wanting to get involved and were willing to join up as an individual. There were so many individuals that had asked to play in this Christmas Shootout that in the end there were two teams entered entirely consisting of these players. Both teams did really well and do hope to see all these players back in the New Year.

Without the experienced London clubs to contend with gave the rookie teams an opportunity to play a level they could cope with, and the learning curve was much greater. This will hopefully put them on the front foot when the 2016 touch season starts up again.

As this was the final Touch league of the year, we now look forward to 2016. Where and when can you and your friends get involved in one of the many In2Touch/O2 Touch leagues being run all year long?

The best way to see when you can start playing and how to get involved is to head to the In2Touch website at www.in2touch.com/uk. Here you will find the details of all 2016 leagues and events taking place.

 
 

 
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