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 ladies and gentlemen over 30s (however, anybody younger who is no longer able to play competitively due to injury etc. is also welcome to join!). No experience is necessary – we range from a lady that has 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 are joined occasionally by much younger players as long as they respect the ethos of the game.

You don’t need to book or let us know in advance, just turn up and introduce yourself – we will try and make you feel welcome.


Touch Rugby is not a physical 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 five tackles the ball is turned over to the other side 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. Like most games of touch there are various other ‘local’ rules but these are normally explained along the way.


Touch Rugby 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 Boys School playing fields. If you drive down Horsecastles Lane onto Ottery Lane there is a turning on your right just before the T junction. If you follow the track into the car park you will see everyone.

The nearest postcode is DT9 6EE for those with SatNav

How Much?

Each session is £2. You can have your first four sessions for 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.