New scheme for touch RL

Action from the pilot touch rugby league scheme at Castleford Tigers.
Action from the pilot touch rugby league scheme at Castleford Tigers.
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A new scheme, which encourages more people to play touch rugby league and at the same time offers clubs a way of generating income, has been trialled successfully in various parts of the country.

The RFL Play Touch Rugby League team have been piloting the new league with clubs in the North West, Yorkshire and the South East.

Mick Heptinstall, Play Touch Rugby League activator for Yorkshire and the North East, has been working closely with the Castleford Tigers Trust and Batley Bulldogs.

Both clubs have been running a social competitive league at their home grounds which has proved successful for the participants and host clubs.

“It’s been a great opportunity for both clubs to interact with supporters new and old and generate a sustainable income through our new licence model,” said Heptinstall.

“Our vision of getting new participants playing rugby league and ex-players back playing involved is a little step closer.”

“The new approach has made it easier and more enjoyable for participants, with over 50 players turning up at both sites every week to play the game.

Keith Bullimore, who has been running the pilot at Castleford Tigers, said: “The short training which then allowed me to update fixtures, results and league tables was a great tool.

“It meant that after playing their game players could visit the website and see the latest league standings, their next opponents and kick off times.”

The new Play Touch Rugby League offer will soon be available for Super League, Championship and community clubs, as well as leisure centres and other organisations who wish to generate income playing touch rugby league and getting people active each week.

For more information on opportunities in Yorkshire and the North East, contact Mick Heptinstall at mick.heptinstall@rfl.uk.com

The latest information is also available by visiting www.playtouchrugbyleague.co.uk