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Fancy a fun fitness challenge?

Andy Thomson Published: 01 February 2024

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Girls and boys playing touch rugby

Looking for a new way of getting fit and having fun without going to the gym?

Then how about Touch Rugby? It’s a fun version of the game with no tackling so it’s inclusive and suitable for anyone who fancies a low impact and friendly way of getting some exercise.

The sport’s on offer at Wymondham Rugby Club which has just been given a “Proud to Pitch In” community grant from Greene King IPA to expand its Touch section and recruit newcomers to the sport.

“It’s one of the easiest team games to take up and is great fun to play,” explained organiser Andy Verney.

“We’ve got some fantastic facilities here in Wymondham and we want more people to come down to enjoy what they’ve got on their doorstep.”

ladies playing touch rugby

There’s no traditional tackling in Touch - instead players simply put the ball down when they’re touched by an opponent - so it’s a sport that can be played with mixed teams and all ages and abilities.

The club is holding free open sessions for newcomers every Friday evening until Easter. Just register at wymondhamrfc.com/touch-rugby and turn up between 6:30pm - 7:45pm at the club’s Barnard Fields ground on Bray Drive ready for a run around.

Andy said: “Exercise is so good for our physical and mental health and the joy of team sport is that you’re with your friends and actually look forward to doing it!”

The sessions are open to all over-18s, men and women, and no experience is necessary. For more details about Touch Rugby go to: englandtouch.org.uk.

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