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Adult touch rugby will be introduced to Staffordshire Moorlands

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 21, 2014

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THE growing adult sport of adult touch rugby is about to be introduced to the Staffordshire Moorlands.

The game is already popular with children at schools in the district.

Leek Rugby Club are staging a two-hour taster session for anyone aged over 15 at their Cheddleton ground tomorrow, Thursday, evening.

The roots of the touch rugby can be traced back to Australia in the 1960s, where it was originally used as a warm-up for those playing full contact rugby.

The sport has grown rapidly in England and is now played by more than 15,000 adults as a sport in its own right.

Leek's director of coaching, Ian Edge said: "Anyone can play and not worry about the physical side of rugby.

"It is a non-contact form of rugby with no tackling, scrums or line-outs.

"It's fast, simple and exciting and promotes the fundamental skills of running, handling, evasion and support play, while developing basic principles of attack and defence, without the fear of getting hurt."

Tomorrow evening's taster session is between 7pm-9pm and will be repeated next week.

Ian added: "It's a positive initiative from the Rugby Football Union to enable people of any age to get back into playing the game or try it for the first time."

Leek are looking to expand their playing membership by forming both a veterans and a ladies team.

A six-a-side touch rugby tournament is to be staged at Esterchem Park on Friday, June 6.

For more information contact Neil Edge on 07855 394 669.

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