Inclusive Format of Rugby Launches in Hull

June 30, 2014

First Step Sports Development  have been commissioned by Hull City Council Sports Development to bring an ‘Extraordinary’ new format of Rugby League to Hull. Play Touch Rugby League has been designed by The RFL to make playing the sport much more accessible to a wider audience.  The game offers all the thrill, excitement and camaraderie of the traditional game but without the high impact tackling.

First Step Sports is recruiting teams interested in joining this exciting competitive league at Bude Park, Bude Road, Hull, HU7 4EY, on Tuesday evenings6-8pm.

Just like in the traditional format of the game, team’s score by grounding the ball over the opposition’s try line. Teams must also pass the ball backwards and have six opportunities to score.  To stop the opposition from scoring, a player must touch, rather than tackle, the player on the ball. After six touches, the attacking team must pass the ball to the defending team who then has six new scoring opportunities.

Chelsea Whittleton (Project Coordinator) says: “The game is every bit as thrilling to play as the traditional format. In fact, in some cases it can be faster and more engaging because a touch results in less down time than a full contact tackle. Players are much less likely to suffer an injury than they are in the full contact game but have the same opportunity to improve their fitness and enjoy all the social benefits of being a part of a team.”

Play Touch Rugby League games take place across two, 20 minute halves. Each team has six players on the field at any one time and are permitted to make as many substitutions as they like.  Teams will play one fixture per week with the leading teams going through in to an end of season play off and Grand Final just as the professionals do in the Super League.

Chelsea Whittleton (Project Coordinator) adds: “Almost anybody can get involved in Play Touch Rugby League. Locally, I am really hoping to attract more women into the sport and also to tempt ex full contact rugby league players back into playing. People should not be put off if they do not feel physically fit. Everybody has to start somewhere and we can all work on fitness together.”