Many may not believe that the 2015 Rugby World Cup has been a success, with the host nation(s) out of contention already. But England (and Cardiff) has hosted an amazing World Cup so far, with running rugby and every game being sold out.
This World Cup will be one that future hosts will have to match and compare their success to. Not only has it grown the sport of rugby throughout the world, but rugby union has also reached heights in places dominated by league for many years.
The Northern parts of England have embraced union and have seen what it can offer in terms of entertainment, excitement, and the passion many English fans still have for the game.
O2, as one of the title sponsors of English Rugby, have put their efforts into developing the game at all levels. O2 Touch is one of the ways they’re trying to get people of all ages and genders to play touch and develop touch rugby skills, and also life skills at the same time.
Along with O2 Touch, we here at In2Touch have been offering free Taster or Training sessions to the public throughout the Rugby World Cup. These sessions will continue to run until 1 November 2015.
The sessions have been taking place across the country at O2 Touch centres. In London we have three training venues alone, in Regents Park, Clapham Common and Richmond. There have been over 100 people who have signed up and have taken part in these free sessions.
What has been great so far is the variety of people who have taken part: men, women, parents and their kids, students, and even rugby players have come down to enjoy a great day learning how to play touch.
Helen Dirrig, a young professional living and working in London, took part in one of these sessions and this is what she had to say: “At first I was a little hesitant to come down and take part.
“Coming from a big rugby supporting family, I always assumed it to be only for men. I arrived at Clapham Common to see what was explained to me as one of the many touch leagues taking place right here every week.
“There where mixed teams and even all ladies teams. This put me at ease and ready to lean how to play touch. The O2 Coach took it very slow with our group, as none of us had played before but by the end of the session we were all involved in a little game.
“We were playing touch and enjoying every second of it. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone no matter what their sporting level is.”
There are still a couple of taste/training sessions to go before the Rugby World Cup ends. If you or anyone you may know is interested in attending a session, please visit the In2Touch website to find out more, and how you can register to play.