TARTAN TOUCH officially launches this Wednesday 7PM at Whitecraigs Rugby Club!!!
We’re asking everyone from 7yrs old to 70yrs old to come along for 10 weeks of fun for the family rugby and you don’t have to be a member.
Registration is mandatory and will be done in the Hall before the 7pm start. If you are a member, you don’t pay, but if not there is a charge (see details below).
The SRU are bringing camera’s down this Wednesday to film how good and inclusive tartan touch is.
Whitecraigs Rugby Club is a family orientated club, with wonderful facilities and a friendly atmosphere. We welcome all to join us in this experience.
The rules are:
POSSESSION LOST IF:
Touched 6 times
Ball leaves the pitch
Ball passed forward, dropped forward, or kicked forward
Foul play by team in possession
Offload within 2 steps or 2 seconds – No offside from the offload
Place ball on ground – Offside line created
Must be passed away by touched player or a team mate
Some Information on Tartan Touch:
Tartan Touch, Scottish Rugby’s simplified non-contact version of rugby, is to expand by 50 per cent and break new ground following a successful first year that raised thousands of pounds and boosted squad numbers.
The game provides fun, social rugby for adults and children of all abilities looking to improve their fitness.
Scottish Rugby is expanding the programme to 30 clubs as far afield as Shetland and Kelso, which will have the opportunity to capitalise on the focus the NatWest 6 Nations gives to rugby at this time of year, inviting people to get involved at their hubs.
In its first year, the 20 host clubs raised £14,000 and reported an increase in training numbers and retention after welcoming 1,800 players through their gates.
Nick Rennie, Head of Club Services at Scottish Rugby, said: “Tartan Touch has been a huge success so to expand to more clubs is fantastic.
“Giving more people a chance to play rugby in a way that suits them is incredibly important and having clubs in all parts of the country will certainly boost that.
The initiative is all about simple, social activity so it’s been great to see such a range of people enjoying the game in a relaxed and fun setting.”
New host clubs include Madras, Highland, Hillhead/Jordanhill and Shetland as the initiative grows into new areas.
Haddington, Selkirk, Strathmore, Strathendrick, Garioch, Whitecraigs, Paisley and Ayr will also get their first taste of Tartan Touch.
All hubs are provided with playing equipment, balls, banners, marketing materials and advice on promoting their hub to encourage the local community to get involved.
Ambassadors from each hub are also invited to BT Murrayfield ahead of the ten-week season to take part in training for leading sessions.
How to pay if your not a member:
Eventbrite, an online ticketing and registration platform, will administer sign up to the Tartan Touch Summer Passes and sessions with online booking forms. These can be accessed via the official Tartan Touch website and will go live on Monday 16th April.
Eventbrite allows for Tartan Touch players to pay online, where they accept payment via credit and debit card. The Summer Pass will be on sale from Monday 16th of April at a cost of £24pp and a single session will cost £3pp. We encourage centres to promote the Summer Pass, as this will give Tartan Touch players a saving and they will also be automatically entered into a competition to win two tickets to the Autumn Internationals at BT Murrayfield.
At the end of the Tartan Touch season, we will issue centres with a single payment for the Summer Pass and sessions. To cover the costs of the Eventbrite booking fees, clubs will receive £2.34 from each £2.31 session and £21.95 from each £24 Summer Pass.
More information can be found at https://www.tartantouch.org/
We hope you will come and join us, bring the family along for a great experience.
See you on Wednesday!
Whitecraigs Rugby Club
Training is back on this Sunday, registration is at 11:15am in the players bar, down to the pitches for 11:30am.
We will hopefully be outside this weekend. We have Strathendrick and Cambuslang bringing players along, so we may have some games. If the weather is bad, we will have to revert to the hall, so please dress your children appropriately.
The end of season fun day will be on the 20th May, this will be the last day of the season until schools start back in August. Please look out for more details that will be announced here. Please make sure your child is registered with the club, so they can get their certificate on this day.
See you all on Sunday,
On Sunday we welcome Strathendrick and Cambuslang to West Lodge. We meet at 11:00 as usual with an aim to kick off at 11:30. We are coming towards the end of what has been a weather disrupted season but we should get lots of good rugby for the kids on Sunday.
Wednesday training isn’t on this week but the club is running touch rugby sessions in preparation for being a host club for Tartan Touch starting in May. Please come along to tomorrow’s session if you are available.
On Sunday we start the final leg of our season with a trip to Hamilton. We are meeting at Hamilton (address below) at 11:00 for an 11:30 start. Hope you can all make it.
Hamilton Rugby Club
121 Bent Road
Tomorrow evening is our last session before the Easter break. Training on the pitches at 7pm for an hour as usual. We all have a well deserved break until 15th April when we will have a visit to Hamilton.
Training is outside on the pitches at 7pm tomorrow. Until we get better weather, we will keep Wednesday training to 1 hour for all age groups.
On Sunday we welcome Birkmyre to West Lodge. As usual for home fixtures we will meet at 11 for an 11:30 k/o. If you can help out with catering either on the day or by providing home baking then please make yourself known to our usual catering volunteers or me. It will be much appreciated.
We have our last training session before breaking up for the Easter Holidays from the 1st April.
Registration is at the normal time in the players bar (first on the left when entering the club) at 11:15am, we aim to start at 11:30am and finish around 12:30pm. If the weather is bad we will be indoors (trainers required), outherwise, we will be outdoors. Please have your children dressed for the conditions, wearing rugby/football boots if you have them, trainers or moldies if you don’t.
There were two sets of identical boots left last weekend, I have locked these in the office, if they’re yours, please remind me to get them for you next Sunday or as a member of Bar staff to get them for you during the week.
I have some rugby boots that no longer fit my boys and some others kindly donated to be given away next Sunday, I will confirm sizes on the day. These boots are free, but if you would like to make a small donation towards the club, it’s always greatly appreciated.
See you on Sunday,
Apologies everyone, but understandably the pitches at Bishopton are unplayable. No rugby today, see you all on Wednesday