Burnley’s touch rugby league proving a success

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PARTICIPANTS in the Burnley Play Touch Rugby League session at Soccer Burnley reached over 25 last week as males and females try out the fast-paced game taking the North West by storm.

The Sport England-backed Rugby Football League programme aims to get more adults active, more often.

Hosted on state of the art 3G pitches at Burnley’s purpose-built Soccer Burnley centre at Crow Wood, the programme has shown steady growth over the past three weeks and will look to build further over the remaining seven weeks.

The ultimate aim is to establish at least six teams who can take part in a league format.

Play Touch Rugby League is also providing a valuable stepping stone to club Rugby League, as Burnley and Pendle Club secretary Bob Leonard testifies: “With the Rugby Union season not finishing until May, Play Touch Rugby League gives us the chance to start up some casual rugby league now in preperation for our merit season in May.

“We have engaged with people who have tried touch who would never have come to our normal training sessions, hopefully some of these will transfer and try full contact this summer.”

The programme has seen seen allcomers take to the field every Wednesday at 6 p.m., and for further information, visit www.playtouchrugbyleague.co.uk or contact ryan.bradley@rfl.uk.com/07807 510 350.