Touch Rugby in London: Have fun and keep fit!
I know plenty of people in London who love the game of Rugby Union, however due to the nature of the game it excludes quite a few from participating. I know how that feels. I was once a keen young man and the knocks and bumps wouldn’t hold me back for more than a day or two, but that was then. After four dislocated shoulders, a broken jaw and various surgeries, full contact rugby just wasn’t worth the pain any more. Yep, I was officially getting old!
That didn’t mean I wanted to stop playing though, somehow I needed to get my fix. It’s hard to stop playing something that gives you enjoyment and rugby is a good game not just in terms of fitness, it has a massive social element too. The competitiveness of the games is normally followed by a catch up with your teammates in the pub. So off I went to find an alternative form of Rugby that would fill the void that I had forced upon myself.
Living in South London at the time I was just a stone’s throw from the various green spaces around Clapham and Tooting and it wasn’t long until I had found my saviours. I first stumbled across The South London Touch Club in the September of 2007, it is simply a group of like minded people of different ages and different backgrounds. It’s a mixed group of boys and girls that meet every Saturday morning at 11am, with the aim to throw an egg shaped ball around for a couple of hours, the difference being that there is no contact, it’s lightly competitive, very welcoming to all and lastly lots of fun.
For me it’s a great way to get fit whilst forgetting you are actually doing exercise. Don’t be fooled by this, you are working very hard, it is uncanny how many times I have woken the next day thinking about stiff muscles that I didn’t actually know I had!!
So if you fancy a challenge (please remember The South London Touch Club welcome people of all abilities) don’t be afraid to come along and get involved. You’ll meet some nice people, learn a bit about the game of Rugby and have lot’s of fun, all whilst getting fit. It’s a win win situation.
The South London Touch Rugby Club meet every Saturday on Tooting Bec Common all through the year from 11am - 1 pm. You can find out more about the club by looking up their page on Facebook.
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