A touch of rugby on the castle fields can help anyone get fit

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A new Clitheroe Touch Rugby Series started this week at the Castle Field, and there’s still time to join the fun.

Anyone aged 16 or over is welcome to join the remaining five Tuesday evening sessions, between 7 and 8-30pm, organised by Clitheroe Rugby Club as a way of attempting to bring more people into an informal sport that’s growing both nationally and around the world.

Touch Rugby has developed from rugby, but there’s no tackling, scrums, rucks, mauls, kicking and line-outs.

The rules can be picked up five minutes, and each game of touch is one full-on burst of energy.

Touch Rugby is an effective means of improving cardiovascular fitness, strength, coordination, speed of movement and agility.

It’s also a good way to make fitness fun in a mixed social setting, making it a great way to meet others.

Clitheroe Rugby Club held the inaugural series last summer, when on average more than 50 people attending each and every session.

Since then, the club has continued to grow with two senior teams, a few veterans’ games and a fast-expanding junior section experiencing successes throughout last season.

Chairman Andrew Thornber said: “The club is committed to build on the success of last year’s Touch Series to bring more people into the game of rugby in general.

“It’s been recognised that surprisingly few people are aware that we have a rugby club in the town, despite the club being formed in 1977 and being resident at Littlemoor for more than 35 years. We hope that events like these will change that!”

Just turn up on the night 10 minutes before start time of 7 pm or e-mail touch@clitheroerugby.com or see on Facebook under Clitheroe Touch Rugby or on Twitter @clitheroerugby