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Make touch rugby a New Year’s resolution

What a year it has been for the game of Touch in London.


After the festive season and all the New Year’s resolutions lots of people are looking to get back into sport and active. Anyone can play Touch as it is a great sport for hand eye coordination, ball skills and mental foresight. You can play in a men’s, ladies or mixed team and can start playing from any age.

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Touch is a minimal contact sport where you just need to make a touch, even just touching the shirt or the ball counts. Resembling something similar to Rugby, without the tackling, scrumming, kicking and the like, the aim of the game is to score tries. Played on a flat surface, half the size of a conventional sports field, although played to a wider extent on a social level, there are now flourishing commercial leagues in England, Scotland, South Africa and New Zealand. There are also regular school competitions and development clinics spreading the Touch gospel to everyone. The official governing body of the sport is known as the Federation of International Touch (FIT).

Another great version of Touch, Active Touch, will start on the week commencing 19 January. These leagues are run in Canary Wharf, Playon Sports on Monday evenings as well as in Putney/ Wandsworth, The Wandle Recreation Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which runs for seven weeks. This indoor sport has taken London by storm and any players involved in Active Touch get hooked on playing. It is a perfect way to keep fit and agile in the colder weather as it is a fast paced game that gives you great ball skills and coordination. To have a look at this amazing new game you can look on our website or on YouTube.

There are new touch leagues starting in February, The Sunday Winter League at Clapham Common which has Mens, Ladies and Mixed Divisions and runs for eight weeks. If you are interested in joining these leagues as a team or as an individual then send an email to [email protected] or have a look onwww.in2touch.com/uk for more information.

Originally published on TheSouthAfrican.com