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On the 29th of December 2015, 8 teams came together in inaugural Play Touch Rugby League Christmas Tournament at A1 Football Factory in Knottingley.

A total of 18 games were played throughout the day and over 70 tries scored.

After the first round of games, Batley Boys DMR were top of Group 1; just beating All Day Daves by one on try difference and A1 Footy were top of Group 2.

After a very close final (that nearly went into extra-time) A1 Footy just pipped Batley Boys DMR to become the Christmas Champions.

Thornes became the Bowl Champions winning the final 3-2.

When the final whistle had been blown, the Play Touch RL team presented trophies to the winners and also gave out prizes for best try, referees player and a special prize went to the Catterick team who won best fancy dress.

Check out our time lapse video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDJ_JTOFQks&feature=youtu.be

We’ve got Coast to Coast and much more coming so keep your eyes peeled for our future tournaments coming soon this year!

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Play Touch RL takes on England v New Zealand

On November 7 a Wall of White descended on London’s Olympic Stadium to see the second match in a three-match series between England and New Zealand.

The stakes were high with a win for England securing the series before the next match in Wigan.

In the middle of this Wall of White, your Play Touch Rugby League team were hard at work with lots of activities in the Fan Zone and preparing for their big debut on the pitch at half-time.

For the ten thousand people who attended the Fan Zone there were lots of activities, give-aways and games to play; not to mention an opportunity to reserve a limited edition Santa or Snowflake ball.

The main event of the day was the opportunity for some of our community award winners to play a touch rugby match on the pitch at half-time.

With thousands of people watching our players gave a great show; scoring several tries and demonstrating how quick and fun the game is.

With the International match score at 2-2 and no tries scored during the match so far, the first official try of the day was scored by Annie Potter of York Play Touch RL.

Congratulations also go out to our match officials, Fred Baker and Ray Kier who were given the opportunity to ref the game after being nominated/winning Play Touch Match Official of the year.

Congratulations to Fred Baker, Match Official of the Year

Your Play Touch Rugby League team is always looking for new and exciting ways to reward and celebrate the fantastic effort and achievements that happen all throughout the year.

We have now had players play a half time game between Hull FC & Hull KR @ St James Park Newcastle, Olympic stadium so far and more planned for 2016 THIS COULD BE YOUR PLAYING OPPORTUNITY.

We have loads of tournaments and competitions coming up in the next few months so make sure you stay in contact with us and your licensee via social media and the Play Touch RL newsletters. The more our community is involved the better we can make your experiences.

Lastly, we still have a couple of the Santa and Snowflake balls available to purchase (£15); if you are interested please let Mick know at: mick.heptinstall@rfl.uk.com

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Play Touch Licensee of the Year

Swinton Lions centre and Leigh Community Foundation manager Stuart Littler claimed the Play Touch Rugby League Licensee of the Year at the Community Awards at Old Trafford last Saturday.

Littler, who joined Swinton from Leigh Centurions last year, ran the Play Touch Rugby League programme in Leigh for the first time this year – building on the success of 2014.

He organised a league which consisted of 10 teams with number of participants increasing every week and 90 per cent of participants taking part every week.

Play Touch Rugby League provides anyone with the opportunity to take part in a fun, non-contact form of the game.

RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer said: “Stuart has been tremendous in aiding the development of Play Touch Rugby League in Leigh.

“New participants take part nearly every week, and the vast majority of those come back. Play Touch is open to anyone and there are plenty of places that provide the chance for anyone to take part up and down the country.”

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Play Touch Player of the Year

Annie Potter was named as the Play Touch Rugby League Player of the Year at the RFL’s Community Awards 2015 at Old Trafford before the First Utility Super League Grand Final on Saturday.

Potter, who only began playing Touch Rugby League this year, has been taking part in sessions at York City Knights on Wednesday evenings.

She first attended with a friend and, despite her friend being unable to return the next week, she continued to take part and only missed one session out of 30.

Play Touch Rugby League provides anyone with the opportunity to play a fun, non-contact version of the sport.

RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer said: “It’s great to see people like Annie, who had never played Touch Rugby League before this year, enjoying the sessions that are available to anyone and playing every week.

“Touch Rugby League is fun for people to play, and it’s a very welcoming environment for anyone to take part and be part of this brilliant game.”

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PTRL making waves in the West Country!

The All Golds Play Touch Rugby League (PTRL) successfully launched a number of weeks ago and sessions have continued to grow in popularity on Wednesday evenings down at Park Campus in Cheltenham.

Over 30 participants regularly attend and this week the Pro Event Girls turned up to “surprise and delight” by handing out some jelly beans!

It was a sunny evening in a beautiful setting - the sun must always shine on Cheltenham.

Whilst the sessions are predominantly social rather than competitive, nonetheless participants are highly competitive and plans are afoot to run a competitive programme throughout the winter months albeit in a different location under floodlights.

Again, there were a number of new participants on the night.

 Ken Stone, PTRL Activator, said: “PTRL is a great way to get fit and have fun in a social environment, whilst also meeting new people and developing skills such as running, passing, catching and evasion without the impact of the contact game.”

Byron Price, 35, said: “It is my first week down after coming across it on the web.

“There doesn’t seem to be anything else in the area and I am using it to supplement marathon training.

“I am based in Winchcome about six miles away and running the marathon in Belgium, which is a big commitment.”

Emily Ryall, 37, said; “I saw it advertised on Twitter and used to play touch rugby so though I would come and have a go.

“I live in Gloucester and used to play in leagues at Bristol and Bournemouth.

“I work as a lecturer in the sports department at the university and research a lot of ethical issue in sport.

“Rugby League boys inject a bit of pace, good handing and structure as opposed to union.”

 Jess Ryall, 34, said; “I was introduced to it by Emily and was looking for a team sport.

“I originally played rugby 15s and was missing it, but am a bit too old to take the contact anymore.

“Touch is a great alternative with a team ethos and can be played by a multitude of different people with different sizes and builds.

“Working for the police, it is important I keep physically fit."

Stuart Dunbar, 35, said; “I came down with some of the guys from the civil service club who recommended it after playing PTRL last year.”

Rob Webber, All Golds CEO, said; “It was nothing short of marvellous and becomes more competitive every week.”

The All Golds Touch Rugby League sessions are run every Wednesday from 6pm till 8:30pm at Park Campus, GL50 2RH.

It costs £3 per session or £20 as a team of 10.


For more information about the All Golds Touch Rugby League visit www.allgoldsrugby.com/play-touch-rugby or follow them on Twitter: @AllGolds


Written by Chris Chatten, Play Touch Rugby League Media Assistant

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Party Atmosphere At PTRL in Widnes

Music, prizes, cheerleaders, camera crews and end to end action – there’s more entertainment on offer at Play Touch Rugby League (PTRL) in Widnes than at the World Cup!

Wednesday evening saw teams competing in the latest weekly round of PTRL at the Select Stadium in Widnes.

In honour of the PTRL Extraordinary Month members of the Pro Event Cheerleader team were on hand to hand out prizes to every player from each team to make sure everyone again had a fantastic PTRL experience.

Prizes ranged from Super League Grand Final tickets to PTRL sweatbands – there was something for everyone!

Six teams played through the evening to a backdrop of great music and vocal support from the sidelines.

The current competition is the second of the year and following this week’s action the league has reached its halfway point. All teams are still jockeying for position ready for the end of season playoffs.

Each game saw tries galore and once again showed all the great, inclusive qualities of PTRL – allowing teams of friends and family compete on an equal footing with academy and first team players from Super League and Championship clubs.

PTRL has rapidly grown since its launch this year and Sky Sports News were on hand to interview Widnes Vikings first team star Joe Mellor promoting the benefits of PTRL for the local community.

PTRL gives everyone in the local community the chance to play with and against stars of the present and the future and new players can register every week. Why not give it a try!

PTRL takes place every Wednesday from 6.00pm at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes.

For more information contact Kurtis Marsh by email at Kurtism@widnesvikings.co.uk or by telephone on 0771 3585743.

PTRL is aimed at anyone looking to improve their fitness, learn new skills and make new friends along the way. All the while the key ingredient is having fun.

To find out more on the game, or to find your local venue, visit www.playtouchrugbyleague.co.uk


Written by Mark Grady, Play Touch Rugby League Media Assistant

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BRADFORD BULL-ISH ABOUT PLAY TOUCH RUGBY LEAGUE

In the shadow of Odsal, Play Touch Rugby League (PTRL) went try mad with over 30 touchdowns in one evening.

The Turn Up and Play event, hosted by Adam Payne and Nigel O’Flaherty Johnston of the Bradford Bulls Foundation, continued at full speed despite the news of the appeal against a deduction of six Super League failing.

The first match saw “Clecky Rangers”; a team of rugby union players from local side Cleckheaton against a side submitted by the Bulls Foundation staff plus their BTEC students.

The game was refereed by one of the student studying for a BTEC in Sports, Fitness and Coaching; a course supported and run in partnership with the Foundation. Their inclusion highlights the great work being done by the Bull within the local community.

The game proved to be a one-sided affair with the “Clecky Rangers” running out easy winners by24 tries to six. The last match of the night saw a tighter affair between “The Untouchables” and “The Fat Dogs.”

When asked about the progression of Touch Rugby League in Bradford, Payne said: “PTRL is a great laugh but it is competitive here at Bradford, It has become popular within the local community and we’ve even had Bulls fans travel from Pontefract to play in our events!”

If you fancy taking part, here’s how to get involved contact Adam Payne E: adam.payne@bradfordbulls.co.uk the sessions are from 6pm on Wednesdays at Provident Stadium, Odsal for only £3 per person.


Written by Matt Ross, Play Touch Rugby League Media Assistant

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All Golds launch successful Touch Rugby League

The All Golds successfully launched their first Play Touch Rugby League session on Wednesday night at Park Campus in Cheltenham.

It was a sunny evening in a beautiful setting when the All Golds officially launched the Play Touch Rugby League licence and it was a sight to behold. Numbers were good and many were new to Rugby League but fun was had by all.

Ross Lumsden, a mechanical engineer from Cheltenham agrees that the setting is without equal: "I heard about the event via the internet. It was really enjoyable and a well organised session at a superb venue. The communication was good too."

The initial session was an introduction to the rules and plans for the competition but primarily to get people playing and enjoying themselves. The session was attended by All Golds President, Lionel Hurst, and CEO, Rob Webber, who cast an eye over the wonderful display of skill and pace on show.

All Golds Touch Manager and first team player, Aidan Jenkins, and Malcolm Holmes, All Golds Touch Match Official, were on site helping participants throughout the event and participants were very complimentary of how well the first event went.

Matthew Fenton from Gloucester, who is studying media at Nottingham University, was delighted by what he saw: "It was well organised and a great start to what will hopefully become a great event. I was particularly impressed with the high standard of refereeing."

Play Touch Rugby League is about having fun but also offers another opportunity to keep fit and healthy throughout the summer. It is a social event where you can attend as an individual or as a team of friends and is open to all.

Chloe-May Barton, a sixth form student at Crypt School, is looking forward to future events: "Everyone was very welcoming. It is such a good opportunity to keep fit and I shall definitely come again. The organisation was impressive."

Martin Wiggins, a civil servant who lives in Cheltenham, is proud to now support league and union: "Tonight has been great and very enjoyable. It’s good to see more and more people supporting both codes of rugby. I now support the All Golds and Gloucester. It is perfect with League in the summer"

The All Golds Touch Rugby League sessions are run every Wednesday from 6pm till 8:30pm at Park Campus, GL50 2RH. It costs £3 per session or £20 as a team of 10.

For more information about the All Golds Touch Rugby League visit www.allgoldsrugby.com/play-touch-rugby or follow them on Twitter: @AllGolds

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OXFORD RLFC LAUNCH PLAY TOUCH RUGBY LEAGUE

Oxford RLFC are bringing an “Extraordinary” new form of Rugby League to the area.

Play Touch Rugby League (PTRL) has been designed by the RFL to make playing the sport much more accessible to a wider audience.

The game offers all the thrills, excitement and camaraderie of the traditional game but without the high impact tackling. JJ Baird, Oxford RLFC player and Operations Manager, is recruiting players now and inviting anybody interested to come along to Oxford RFC in North Hinksey Village on Wednesday evenings at 7pm.

JJ explained: "PTRL is great for fitness. Why would you pay £6 or £7 to go to a gym when you can pay £2 and run around here? Get involved, get fit, get active."

There are many similarities to the traditional format of the game. Teams score by grounding the ball over the opposition’s goal line, the ball must be passed backwards and there are six opportunities to score. To stop the opposition from scoring, a player must touch, rather than tackle, the player with the ball. After six touches, the attacking team must hand the ball over to the defending team who then have six new scoring opportunities.

PTRL games comprise two, 20-minute halves. Each team has five or six players on the field at any one time and are permitted to make as many substitutions as they like.

Jamie Cope, coach of local club, Oxford Harlequins RUFC, commented: "The great thing about PTRL is that it's non-contact so it's open to all abilities. At the moment there are a couple of mixed teams that include teachers from the local school. Everyone can play together, it's open to anyone."

Players are welcome to come long to the Wednesday PTRL sessions between 7pm and 9pm, or alternatively, enter a team into the league. Sessions cost £2 per person.

Oxford RFC, North Hinksey Lane, North Hinksey Village, Oxford, OX2 0NA.

For more information, contact JJ Baird, E: ops@oxfordrl.com  M: 0793 3481079.

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29-year old Gary Hope defies the odds to play Touch Rugby League

Featherstone Rovers fan Gary Hope has followed the Rugby League team all his life and rarely misses a match.

However, the 29-year old never thought he would be able to follow in his heroes’ footsteps and play the sport he loves.

Gary has learning and co-ordination difficulties which can make joining in with sport a bit more challenging.

So when he heard about Play Touch Rugby League, an inclusive new programme aimed at getting people involved in the game, the team reassured him that he would be able to play alongside everyone else and should give it a try.

Gary immediately signed up, in fact so much so, within an hour of the team speaking with him he had recruited a whole team of people to play in the weekly sessions held at Featherstone Rovers.

Gary instantly fell in love with playing the sport he had always passionately watched and since his first session hasn’t missed a single week!

After a few weeks honing his skills Gary scored his first ever try and as a surprise Dane Weatherill, the Play Touch Rugby League coach managed to get the entire Featherstone’s first team squad to sign the ball and what’s more, arranged for Featherstone’s new coach Andy Hay to present the ball personally to Gary.

Gary was obviously over the moon with his surprise: “I never thought I would score a try, it was so good when I did and I felt happy when I got presented with the ball it made me smile a lot. I have made lots of friends at Touch Rugby League and at Rovers and I feel safe there, people look after me like my family does.”

Gary’s mum, Tracy, was also delighted: “Gary has learning and co-ordination difficulties but has loved playing Touch Rugby League every Monday, so when he scored his first try he was delighted.

“What put the icing on the cake was the signed ball presented to him by Andy Hay! It made Gary’s rugby Sunday absolutely perfect,” said Tracy.

The story has even attracted attention from the Featherstone’s CEO who began to tweet about Gary!

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Castleford Tigers are now in the sixth week of running their Play Touch Rugby League (PTRL) competition.

They have two pitches with three sets of matches taking place each Tuesday evening. The first kicks off at 6pm, the next at 6.45pm with the final game at 7.30pm and currently have 10 teams taking part.

In week four Chris Chatten one our Play Touch Rugby League Media assistants came down to see the headline match between Ponte’ Rhubarb v Bootroom Tigers. It proved to be a close contest with the sides level at 3-3 going into the final minute. Ponte’ claimed the victory when Jack Hailey going over in the corner for the winning try.

Other scores for Ponte were Kevin Till (ex-Gateshead Thunder), Craig Moss (ex-Hunslet, Keighley, Featherstone and Wales) scored twice. The team was well ‘marshalled’ by Colin Maskill, 50, formerly with Wakefield, Leeds, Doncaster, Castleford and Featherstone. There was also a smattering of other ex-professionals in their squad.

Bootroom Tigers scorers were Gavin Lightowler, John Monks and Ben Campsall. Lightowler impressed throughout and scored a fine interception try. Bootroom were 3-1 down at half-time and came back strongly but Ponte just shaded it. Bootroom have significantly improved over the last three years and are now taking the competition more seriously thanks to some expert skills sessions from Lightowler.

The 5 Town Terriers team was set up via social media and meant to represent Wakefield, Castleford, Normanton, Knottingley and Pontefract. Helen Scales, 21, who was the driving force behind the side said: “Last year we played for a team in Wakefield but started off at Featherstone and then recruited some lads to join the Cas league. We also play for a team at Featherstone on a Monday night.”

John Monks, 18, who plays for Bootroom Tigers, said: “We not only play here but also at Hunslet and Featherstone on different nights of the week. We are just a group of lads who support Cas Tigers and spend time together in the Bootroom Pub (across the road from Castleford Tigers ground).

We have been doing it about three years now.”

Jake Lord, 20, who plays for Stanley Linda’ Wicka’s in the competition, said: “I also play for Stanley Rangers first team, anywhere from prop, second row to loose forward. My Dad encouraged me to play in the Leeds PTRL competitions and it just went on from there, then we came down here.”

Emma King, 31, who plays for 5 Town Terriers, said; “I played a bit last year and the year before down at Belle Vue (Wakefield). I have always played Rugby League with Castleford Panthers and Normanton Knights. Last week I was up against someone I coached at under 8s!”

Competition organiser Keith Bullimore would like to hear from anyone else who would be interested in playing PTRL, either getting a team together or sponsoring one of the teams in the competition. There are often a number of spectators particularly “WAGs” and family of the Bootroom Tigers players and next week they will be watching Silcoates play against Unison, WSTS Exiles versus Bootroom Tigers, Ponty Rhubarb play Old But Gold, Stanley Linda Wickers take on a Leeds Akkies Masters and in the first fixture of the evening on the 3rd June 5 Town Terriers play against Fryston.

If you like the sound of these sessions register online at www.playtouchrugbyleague.co.uk or turn up at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle, Castleford, WF10 2SD on a Tuesday evening at 6pm or contact Keith Bullimore, Email Keith@castiger.com or Mobile: 07925 170426


Written by Chris Chatten, Play Touch Rugby League Media Assistant

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London Skolars launch Play Touch Rugby League

London Skolars RLFC are bringing an “Extraordinary” new form of Rugby League to north London.

Play Touch Rugby League (PTRL) has been designed by the RFL to make playing the sport much more accessible to a wider audience.

The game offers all the thrills, excitement and camaraderie of the traditional game but without the high impact tackling. Matt Cuss, London Skolars Senior Community Officer, is recruiting players now and inviting anybody interested in trying it to go along to the White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre in Wood Green on Monday evenings at 630pm.

There are many similarities to the traditional format of the game. Teams score by grounding the ball over the opposition’s try line, the ball must be passed backwards and there are six opportunities to score. To stop the opposition from scoring, a player must touch, rather than tackle, the player with the ball. After six touches, the attacking team must pass the ball over to the defending team who then have six new scoring opportunities.

Matt explains: "It's an opportunity on a nice summer’s evening to have a run about with none of the pressures of contact. We can have 50-year-olds playing alongside 19-year-olds. It's a game for everyone."

PTRL games involve two, 20-minute halves. Each team has five or six players on the field at any one time and are permitted to make as many substitutions as they like.

At this evening's 'turn-up-and-play' session, Bruce Bailey said: "It was really enjoyable. It's a very full-on sport and there's not very much time to take a breather on the sidelines. It beats going to the gym which can get boring - it's great to get out in the fresh air."

PTRL “turn-up-and-play” sessions will continue over the summer months on Mondays between 630pm and 8.30pm on the pitch opposite the White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre, Wood Green, London NW22 5QW.

Free parking is available next to the pitch in the Riverside School car park. Sessions cost £3 per person or £20 a team per week.

For more information, contact Matt Cuss, E: matthewcuss@skolarsrl.com T: 0208 888 8488.


For more information on this article contact Alex Calam (ajcalam@hotmail.co.uk)

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Participation is key to PTRL in Widnes

Widnes Vikings pride themselves on their links with the local community and this is on show every Wednesday evening as Play Touch Rugby League (PTRL) goes from strength to strength in Widnes.

The club have really got behind the concept of PTRL in a number of ways – from use of the i-pitch to the involvement of first team and academy players, as well as backroom staff, in a number of teams competing each week.

These teams include first-time PTRL players and teams from all parts of the local community.

It’s clear that PTRL in Widnes is based on the same principles that have seen the Widnes Vikings build year on year since their return to Super League – close links with the community, allowing all to participate and to get involved.  And these principles have been the key to the success of PTRL nationwide this year.

In the second week of the Widnes competition, each game was being played in great spirit and this was on show in the final game of the evening.

The “North Widnes Turkeys” – a team including first team players such as Joe Mellor, former first team stars like Tim Holmes, academy players, coaches and even a local journalist, against the ‘Rolt All Stars’ a side of family and friends.  It was end to end stuff with plenty of tries. The teams may meet again later in the competition.

PTRL gives all in the local community the chance to play with and against stars of the present and the future. New players can register every week.  Why not give it a try!

PTRL takes place every Wednesday from 6.00pm at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes.

For more information contact Kurtis Marsh by email at Kurtism@widnesvikings.co.uk or by telephone on 0151 495 2250.

PTRL is aimed at anyone looking to improve their fitness, learn new skills and make new friends along the way. The key ingredient is having fun.

To find out more on the game, or to find your local venue, visit www.playtouchrugbyleague.co.uk

Written by Mark Grady, Play Touch Rugby League Media Assistant

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Former Knights prop

Play Touch Rugby League (PTRL) sessions have been a regular feature on the artificial grass at Huntington on Wednesday evenings between 6 and 7pm for over three years.

Set up as a partnership between York City Knight RLFC, the Rugby Football League (RFL) and City of York Council (CYC), these social PTRL sessions have maintained a strong following with over 20 turning up for each session.

Participants of all ages take part in a group, which is very much mixed ability, but it is a supportive environment where the more experienced players support and encourage the less experienced.

Former York City Knights prop, Jack Stearman, who is currently head coach of New Earswick All Blacks and Knights Community Development Chief, has been the mainstay of the sessions over the last few years.

Jack’s involvement has helped draw in some Knights fans, along with ladies rugby union players doing ‘extras’ and players who are coming back to the sport after giving up the contact version years ago. There’s even some New Zealanders who currently work in the city taking part.

Huntington PTRL offers a year-round programme playing on artificial grass under floodlights in the winter months and an adjacent grassed area over the summer months.

The facilities are across the road from the local secondary school, close to the Knights head office and their home ground, Huntington Stadium, only a stone’s throw away.

Regular participant Kevin Pallister said: “Before I started playing PTRL a few years back it had been about 20 years since I had played the game for a local pub team in York called Southlands.

They don’t exist anymore and PTRL is a great way for me to keep fit and active, I love it and come most weeks.”

Wendy Atkinson got involved a few years ago when she was giving her friend Lauren Ruddock a lift to the sessions.

She said: “Lauren first started doing Tag sessions on a Monday nights at Energise. I was so unfit initially and got bruises from falling at the first session but it certainly didn’t put me off; it was cold but I have great banter with the lads.”

Andy Atkinson, 59, an occasional participant and York City Knights BBC Radio York match reporter said: “I participant due to a general interest in Rugby League and still enjoy it even at my age. I watched Rugby League then played in my younger days and now as a fan and match day commentator.”

If you like the sound of these sessions register online at www.playtouchrugbyleague.co.uk or turn up at Huntington Astro Turf, YO32 9WT on a Wednesday evening at 6pm or contact Jack Stearman, Email jack@ycknights.co.uk or Mobile: 07807 498879.

Written by Chris Chatten, Play Touch Rugby League Media Assistant

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Telford Raiders Welcome Shropshire Play Touch Rugby League

Telford Raiders would like to invite you to try out the new exciting sport of Play Touch Rugby. It is a non-contact, fast paced sport suitable for both men and women of any ability from the age of 14 and above.

Play Touch Rugby League will be holding their next session on the 28th April at the Phoenix Academy, Dawley, Telford.  Alternative come and visit us on Sunday 27th April 2014 from 1030am until 430pm when our promotion team will be visiting the Telford Shopping Centre on Dean Street opposite WH Smith and TH Baker.

The sport gives a great alternative to the strict gym regime, offering its players overall well-rounded levels of fitness through its fast paced nature, centered within a fun and social environment.

Louise Pugh, 32 plays for the Shropshire Touch Rugby League said, “‘I was totally new to touch rugby when I joined the Shropshire Touch Rugby League. The organisers were so friendly on my first session and brought me up to speed with the rules very quickly. I am now totally addicted! Not only is it a fantastic game to play, fast and energetic, but the atmosphere is also great fun a lovely bunch of people and a good laugh, I now look forward to Mondays!!’.

The game consists of two 20-minute halves with teams of eight playing six a side against each other, with five-minute intervals.

Telford Raiders would like to invite you to try out this exciting game. Whether you are new to the sport or want to try something different, we welcome everyone to come along and enjoy the non-contact nature of the sport.

To book a place, visit our dedicated website http://www.playtouchrugbyleague.co.uk. No registration fee is required. Each player pays £3 for each session they attend.


Written by Lydia Whitney, Play Touch Rugby League Media Assistant

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Play Touch Rugby League in Leigh is thriving!

Leigh has always been a stronghold of Rugby League and it's no different with Play Touch Rugby League (PTRL). Wednesday's action saw eight teams competing in matches across two time slots throughout the evening.

This brought together a real mix of former professionals, amateur players from all levels and new recruits to the game, both male and female.

Professional referee Warren Turley has both played and supported PTRL in Leigh over recent weeks and he commented: "The league is building each week and one of the great things has been introducing new players to the game.”

This week staff from Leigh Sports College started playing the game for the first time thanks to the Leigh PTRL competition.

Joanne Bishop, Sports Lecturer at the College, has been introduced to PTRL this year and is using it to improve her fitness, agility and speed. Joanne says she enjoys outdoor sport and is introducing more girls each week.

Joanne has been taken by the PTRL concept of “why work out when you can play”. For anyone who is thinking of joining their local PTRL site but has not yet taken the final step she says: "It certainly beats a treadmill!"

Rebecca Armstrong, another Sports Lecturer said: "I'm really enjoying everyone playing together and the social aspect of playing alongside people from work and making new friends."

Joanne, Rebecca and their colleagues are entering their own PTRL team next week, just three weeks after giving PTRL a try. This is being replicated in PTRL across the country.

PTRL takes place every Wednesday from 6.00pm at Leigh Miners Rangers ARLFC, Leigh.

For more information contact John Duffy by email at John.duffy@leighccf.org or by telephone on 0782 3321877

PTRL is aimed at anyone looking to improve their fitness, learn new skills and make new friends along the way. All the while the key ingredient is having fun.

To find out more on the game, or to find your local venue, visit www.playtouchrugbyleague.co.uk

Written by Mark Grady, Play Touch Rugby League Media Assistant

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An Extraordinary Prize and an Extraordinary Night of Play Touch Rugby League

A “money can't buy prize” was on offer this week at the latest round of Play Touch Rugby League (PTRL) in St Helens. Two tickets for the sold out Good Friday game in the First Utility Super League between St Helens and Wigan were up for grabs, with a signed rugby ball given away as a runners up prize.

PTRL in St Helens takes place each week at Thatto Heath Crusaders Community Rugby League club. This week's games saw exciting clashes between the full range of participants - seasoned players, long-established PTRL teams and players new to PTRL.

The event this week attracted players from as far afield as Ireland. This again shows the benefits of PTRL – it’s an inclusive form of the sport open to all ages, abilities and experience played in a friendly fun atmosphere!

Martin Eden, coordinator of PTRL in St Helens said: "Play Touch Rugby League has been running in St Helens for three weeks and the numbers registered have built each week.

"Judging by the action this week, PTRL in St Helens is set for an exciting summer.”

The lucky PTRL winner of the tickets was Lewis Sheperd, a keen Saints fan who is looking forward to enjoying a great start to his Easter weekend.

PTRL takes place every Tuesday from 7pm at Thatto Heath Crusaders ARLFC, St Helens.

For more information contact Martin Eden by email at Meden06@aol.com or by telephone on 07734086844.

PTRL is aimed at long-standing Rugby League fans and anyone looking to improve their fitness, learn new skills and make new friends along the way.

All the while the key ingredient is having fun. To find out more on the game, or to find your local venue, visit www.playtouchrugbyleague.co.uk

Written by Mark Grady, Play Touch Rugby League Media Assistant

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Motu Tony and Family give Hull FC Touch RL sessions a boost!

Over 30 participants turned up for the first Play Touch Rugby League session of 2014 at Hull Fc’s Bonus Youth Performance and Community Centre on Monday evening.

This year’s sessions commence as ‘turn up and play’ for teams and individuals, but they hope to establish a competitive league as the weeks progress.

There are already a number of established groups from last year, one of which used to play Tag Rugby and represented Hull FC plus a group of students who have now finished university but still want to play Touch Rugby League.

Enjoying the sessions this season is former Super League player and current Hull FC Director of Rugby Motu Tony, who regularly attends with his wife and even brings his kids along to watch. Tony proved he still has all the skills with good inter-passing between him and his wife eventually yielding a try!

Jason Cooper who attends Hull FC Learning Centre helps out with refereeing duties as part of a work placement.

“The college is great as it helps me gain sports-related qualifications but also gives me the opportunity to work volunteer half the week too”. Jason was also keen to promote Touch RL to friends at his amateur club Myton Warriors.

Sessions continue at Bonus YPCC, Pickering Road, Hull every Monday evening 6pm till 7pm for further information contact Danny Scott, email: dannyscott@hullfc.com or Mobile: 07834 538622

Written by Chris Chatten, Play Touch Rugby League Media Assistant

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Super League Stars ‘Touch’ down for a session in Mirfield

Mirfield is a town nestled in between Brighouse and Dewsbury, and despite being in a Rugby League area is relatively ‘untapped’ in terms of development so it was pleasing to see around 20 participants attend the first ‘turn up and play’ session on Monday, March 3rd.

Super League stars Weller Hauraki (Castleford Tigers) and Ali Lauitiiti (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) were on opposite sides and desperately tried to get the better of one another. Commenting on Play Touch Rugby League, Weller said: “It’s great for improving skills, ability and fitness.” While Ali added: “The speed of participants is impressive and it’s great to see all ages involved I would rather do a session of ‘touch’ than 20 minutes on the treadmill!”

Both Weller and Ali are strong advocates of ‘touch’ having previously played in touch competitions in the Leeds area. Ali’s wife also enjoys playing.

Sessions have only recently got underway but organisers already have ambitions to run a full blown competition over the coming weeks with the local Rugby League referees society committing to entering a team and also helping out with the refereeing of games. There were a number of new participants at the session including a player from Cleckheaton RUFC who was keen to attend every week for extra fitness.

Sessions in Mirfield run every Monday at 6pm on the artificial grass pitch opposite Mirfield Free Grammar School.

For further information contact Lee Richardson E: sportscentre@themfg.co.uk M: 07805 754868

Written by Chris Chatten, Play Touch Rugby League Media Assistant