Touch is back from Monday 29 March 2021, but a new location!
So we’re back on the pitch again! From Monday 29 March 2021 we can restart Touch following the RFU Return to Rugby Roadmap. Times and days are unchanged (Mondays & Wednesdays at 19:30), but we have a new home at the Sherborne RFC facility with lights in the short term, and the Terrace Playing Fields after that once the evenings get lighter. Both of these facilities are located off the A352 Gainsborough Hill, south of Sherborne.
There is plenty of parking but no clubhouse facilities at the moment. Bring your own water bottle, towel etc.
We are still required to follow strict Covid guidelines …
- Break every 15 minutes for hand and ball sanitisation
- Maximum 10 players on a team, so if more than 20 players turn up we must split into two smaller groups and have two separate games. Once we have split up, we must remain in those groups and have breaks at different times.
- No interaction between groups, even at the end of the session. Just go home!
- You must read the Sherborne Touch Risk Assessment.
- You must complete the Covid track and trace form BEFORE EVERY SESSION.
See you there!
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 local rules but these are easily picked-up along the way.
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.
Sherborne Touch is played twice a week
- Monday 19:30 to 20:30
- Wednesday 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 at the Terrace Playing Field facility off the A352 south of Sherborne. There is ample parking on site. The nearest postcode is DT9 5NS for those with SatNav.
We are covered by the RFU umbrella policy that gives insurance for life-changing injury to players. It is suggested that you take out your own cover, if you feel it necessary, against minor injury, loss of earnings etc. as a result of injury playing touch rugby.