‘Touch Rugby’ back on WednesdayDate published: Monday, May 11, 2015
The popular ‘Touch Rugby League’ programme, run last summer at Oasis Academy Oldham by Oldham RLFC, is back for the new season this Wednesday, May 13, again under the leadership of the Roughyeds’ community coach Danny Newall.
Sessions will be held every Wednesday, from 7pm to 9pm, at Oasis on Hollins Road and admission is £3 per person per week. Just turn up any Wednesday to enrol and play.
As a one-off at Wednesday’s first session of the new season there will be a Magic Moment prize, comprising of a rugby ball and a bag of ‘Touch Rugby League’ goodies.
Community coach Danny, aged 21, comes from Widnes and has been involved with rugby of both codes since he was a small boy.
He was Neil Roden’s assistant coach with the Roughyeds’ under-20s last year and he is currently coaching Widnes RU second team as well as assisting with Warrington Wolves academy.
At youth level he played Union for Widnes, Merseyside and Lancashire.
Said Danny: “It is recognised that ‘Touch’ is the RFL’s fastest-growing project and this year they are supporting it more than ever. There are rewards for clubs and individuals who achieve targets and it promises to be another exciting season.
“Last season was the Oldham club’s first in ‘Touch Rugby League’ and it was a resounding success. People in Oldham bought into the idea and each week I also brought with me a contingent from Widnes.
“It’s all about having fun. We developed a good team spirit, a lot of new friendships were forged and each Wednesday we always had lots of laughs while keeping fit and throwing a rugby ball around.
“While ‘touch’ is fantastic for fitness and losing weight it’s also about having fun and enjoying playing a non-contact brand of rugby.
“Male or female, everyone over the age of 14 is welcome. A lot of people last year surprised themselves with how much they could achieve.
“We had a lot of families playing, brother against sister and father against son, always in a fun environment.
“A lot of people benefited physically, losing weight and gaining confidence in themselves and in their abilities.
“The RFL and the Oldham club are again looking to reward players. In 2014, for example, four people won tickets to the Super League Grand Final.
“I’m looking forward to getting started again and hopefully we can build on what we achieved last year.”