RFU Helps Students Try Touch Rugby

Students from across the College took part in a touch rugby tournament with England Rugby’s Delivery Team at the College’s Clifton centre earlier this week.

RFU Rugby Development Officer Andrew Highton and Community Rugby Coach Calvin Beech led the event, which was designed to introduce touch rugby (a modified version of the game where tackles are replaced by touches), encourage sports participation among students and promote the College’s Rugby Academy.


Pictured L-R: Andrew Highton (RFU Rugby Development Officer for Nottinghamshire), Roy Reece (Head Coach, Central College Rugby Academy), Glen Read (Central College Sport Academy Manager).

Andrew said: “Colleges have a key role to play in getting young people into the sport. We’ve found Central College to be very pro-active, running the Rugby Academy and raising the profile of the sport, and the variations of it, through sessions like this.

“In England, the popularity of touch rugby has grown rapidly as it’s good fun – and good exercise – in its own right. It’s also a great introduction to 15-a-side rugby, making the sport more accessible initially, with the Academy then developing young players who want to train and progress their skills to a higher level. We’re very happy to be here supporting the work being done by Central to encourage more young people into the game.”

Sport Academy Manager for Central College, Glen Read, said:

“The Rugby Academy allows both experienced players and newcomers to get together and play, developing their skills while enjoying the sessions. Students will take part in training sessions which run twice a week, and benefit from the knowledge and experience of the coaches in the Academy.

“The input from England Rugby makes sure our students are getting the best experience of the game they can and maximises their opportunities to progress in the sport.”