Welcome to Sherborne Touch

Who, What, When, Where and How Much?

Sherborne Touch was started in September 2011 by Sherborne RFC and Sherborne Sports Centre as a social and fitness activity. It has grown from it’s initial six week trial to a year round, twice weekly event.


Sherborne Touch is open to men and women; most players tend to be over 30s however, anybody younger who is no longer playing rugby competitively due to injury etc. is also welcome to join! No experience is necessary – we range from novices that have never played before to the grizzled 50-something prop with years of experience… and everything in between. The over 30s requirement is also not strictly enforced, we welcome those approaching that anniversary and we are even joined occasionally by much younger players as long as they respect the ethos with which we play the game.

You don’t need to book or let us know in advance, just turn up and introduce yourself – we will do our best to make you feel welcome. We do have a contact page detailing how you can get in touch with us if you do have any queries.


Touch is a minimal contact game and is played at Sherborne Touch with an emphasis on fitness and fun. A ‘tackle’ is achieved simply by touching the opposition player anywhere except the head. After six tackles the ball is turned-over to the other team unless a try is scored first. The ball must be passed backwards and when tackled the ball must be rolled back through the tackled players legs before play can continue. There are various other minor rules but these are easily picked-up along the way.


Sherborne Touch is played twice a week

  • Tuesday 19:30 to 20:30
  • Thursday 19:30 to 20:30

On occasions it has been known for a number of the players go down to a local pub afterwards!


Touch Rugby is played on the Astroturf pitches of the Sherborne Sports Centre (Sherborne Boys School) playing fields. These are accessed via a small track off Ottery Lane (just at the T-junction with Westbury) follow the track into the car park you will see everyone.

As a result of using these facilities, we get a good proportion of our players through them – having attended spinning & other fitness classes, and built up their strength using the Centre’s training equipment.  Many of their clients join us to add an anaerobic and multi-directional element to their workout programmes that can be undertaken in a fun and sociable environment.

The nearest postcode is DT9 6EE for those with SatNav

How Much?

Each session is £2. Your first four sessions are free – just to see if you like it. The money is used to pay for the hire of the astro and the lighting. Any excess is re-invested in equipment (bibs and balls) and occasional social activities. During the summer months when we play on grass the session fee is reduced to £1 a session. If you are unemployed or a student, talk to us and we will agree a reduced rate.