With a record-breaking year of Tag Rugby participation in London for 2014, this year is set to be another huge year for the sport with an exciting jam-packed calendar of events in store.
With the winter leagues returning two weeks ago (5 January) across the capital, the keen taggers have been getting their tag shorts and rugby boots ready to brave the cold conditions and run off the festive season delights after the three week break.
All the regular league venues from 2014 in London & Reading will be back in 2015 with a few exciting new venues being added to the mix, including the launch of leagues up in Yorkshire. Each season usually runs between eight to twelve weeks (pending the venue/season) with the following seasons starting on these dates:
Spring — 23 February
Early Summer — 27 April
Summer — 22 June
Autumn — 25 August
Winter — 16 November
One Day Tournaments
Try Tag Rugby run a number of one day tournaments throughout the year at various venues across the capital. The one day tournaments give teams a chance to play teams from other venues all across London and allow new players to sample the benefits of what tag rugby is all about before signing up to a league.
The first one day tournament is the annual Wasps Tag Rugby Festival in Acton which will take place on Saturday, 28th March. Registration for the Wasps Tag Rugby Festival is now open for teams and individuals looking to be placed in a team.
The pinnacle one day tournament is the annual London Tag Rugby Championships, where teams from all over London take part to see which team will be crowned the best team in London. This tournament features three divisions and has attracted teams from Ireland and Tonga at past events. 38 teams entered the 2014 championships but organisers believe that this figure will be surpassed in 2015.
The 2015 schedule for Try Tag Rugby’s one day tournaments is as follows:
Wasps Tag Rugby Festival in Acton — 28 March
GB Trials & London Origin Series in Southwark Park – 9 May
Summer Social Tag Rugby Festival in Richmond — 30 May
Try Tag Rugby Provincial Challenge in TBC – 13 June
2015 London Tag Rugby Championships in TBC — 18 July
Try Tag Rugby Corporate Challenge in West Ham — 7 August
Try Tag Rugby International Cup in Acton — 26 September
North London Tag Rugby Festival in TBC — 7 November
Try Tag Rugby are the official UK delegates to the International Tag Federation and the European Tag Federation and are excited to announce a wealth of opportunity for their registered players in 2015. With the Tag World Cup taking place on the Sunshine Coast in Australia, Great Britain will be looking to build on their performance from the last World Cup, held in Auckland back in 2012.
Great Britain will be taking on their Irish counterparts in a home and away series this year. Great Britain will be touring to Dublin on the 17th of October for the first leg of the British & Irish Cup. In return, Ireland will be travelling over to play in the second leg on the 7th of November in preparation for the Tag World Cup in December.
Kiwi players who have a British parent(s) or grandparent(s) are welcome to trial for selection for Great Britain. For all those Kiwis without British heritage, don’t worry as you’ll get the chance to don the black and white of New Zealand at the Try Tag Rugby International Cup tournament (26th September) and take on other London based taggers from countries such as Australia, Ireland, England, France & USA, to name a few.
As you can see, there is plenty of opportunity to play representative tag rugby against the world’s best players this year. If you’ve never played tag rugby before but have rugby experience, now is as good a time as ever to give tag a go! You never know, you could end up playing for Great Britain at the World Cup! We are also looking for volunteer coaches and managers for Great Britain’s World Cup campaign, so if you’re not playing, why not apply for one of these roles instead?
If you’re not an elite tag rugby player, don’t worry as there is still plenty in store for the social players as Try Tag Rugby prides itself in offering all players a great social experience on and off the pitch!
The first social outing of the year is for all the singles out there and is the Try Tag Rugby Valentine’s Day Challenge on Saturday, 14th February. This unique event gives players a chance to play with other singles (changing teams each match so you get a chance to mingle with everyone) with an epic after party and hopefully a few new relationships will flourish. The inaugural Valentine’s Day Challenge in 2014 featured a few hook ups and a relationship is still going to this day!
The social calendar is jam packed again this year with the following social events lined up for 2015:
Valentine’s Day Challenge — 14 February
Summer season launch party at Temple Walkabout — 10 April
Day out to the London 7’s at Twickenham — 16 May
Try Tag Rugby 6th birthday Thames Boat party — 4 September
Try Tag Rugby Christmas party — 27 November
Besides the social outings, each tag rugby competition has a thriving social scene with all competitions having after match venues so you can enjoy a pint with your team mates and opposition after your match. This is a great chance to network and socialise!
Free Taster Sessions
If you’re new to tag rugby or haven’t picked up a rugby ball before, Try Tag Rugby runs a host of free taster sessions throughout the month of April. The free taster sessions are a chance for players to experience tag rugby, learn some basic rugby skills, learn some tag rugby specific drills and most importantly have a good time.
The taster sessions will take place at the following venues: Acton, Balham, Borough, Canada Water, East London RFC, Finsbury Park, Haggerston Park, Hyde Park, Reading, Richmond, Shoreditch Park, Wandsworth Common and Wandsworth Town.
If you don’t want to wait until April, there will be a free taster session on 11th February at Borough from 6pm and another free taster session on 18th February at Haggerston Park from 8pm.
You can now register for all the free taster sessions online at the Try Tag Rugby website (www.trytagrugby.com).
Please note: The dates listed above are a guide and are subject to change.
If you’re a Kiwi new to London, if you get involved you will make a heap of new friends, keep fit and have fun! We hope to welcome you to a Tag Rugby pitch soon. Go to www.trytagrugby.com or email [email protected] for more details.