After enduring a long and cold winter, tag rugby players across the capital can see the light at the end of the tunnel and can happily kiss winter goodbye and with that, welcome in the spring tag rugby season.
The spring season record team participation numbers reached as high as 95 teams (2012) with the 2014 spring season set to smash the previous record if early registrations are anything to go by.
With the first spring league scheduled to kick off on Saturday, 1st March, the popular Rotherhithe league sold out last week, three weeks before kick off with the Borough and Tooting Bec leagues expected to follow suit.
Try Tag Rugby has also introduced two exciting new venues this spring: Docklands and Olympic Park (Stratford). As a special introductory offer Try Tag Rugby has slashed the prices for these leagues, making them the best value leagues in London.
The seven week Olympic Park (mixed league) venue is just £199 for team registrations and £28 for individuals. The six week Docklands (mixed league) venue is £170 for team registrations and £24 for individuals. Both venues are located within walking distance of tube stations and games will kick off at the convenient times of 7pm, 7.45pm and 8.30pm so you won’t have to rush to make your game.
Other spring leagues will be taking place at Barnes, Battersea (men’s and mixed), Borough, Clapham Common, Highbury, Rotherhithe (men’s and mixed), Shoreditch, Tooting Bec, Upper Holloway and White City. So if you live in London there will be a competition accessible to you.
Spring league registration is open for teams, part teams and individuals looking to be placed in a team. The majority of leagues have divisions to cater for various standards and new players are welcome.
Meanwhile, Try Tag Rugby held its inaugural Valentine’s Tag Festival on Saturday in central London with the goal to try and get as many singles who share the same passion for the sport together on the same pitch and then mix the teams around after each match so that each player gets to know one another.
After the tournament there was an after match presentation at a nearby pub where players were greeted with a glass of champagne on arrival and later everyone kicked on with the Valentine’s fun at the Roadhouse in Covent Garden. There were definitely a few sore heads the next morning and some singles got quite well acquainted with each other as the night went on.
Try Tag Rugby doesn’t profess to be matchmakers but they do give you a chance to meet lots of people in a natural no pressure environment whilst having lots of fun.
If you’re an Aussie or 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.
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IMAGE: The inaugural Try Tag Rugby Valentine’s Tag Festival was given the thumbs up by the players.