Sports & Activities

What is Touch Rugby?

Touch is the most popular and firmly established introduction to playing rugby. More than 15,000 men and women across the UK take part in organised touch rugby tournaments each year.  As the name suggests, touch rugby is a minimal-contact version of the game, without rucks and mauls, scrums or lineouts, and where touching the player with the ball counts as a tackle.   As such, touch rugby is suitable for people of all skills and experience, from people who have never touched a ball before to experienced club players.   The video clip below was taken at the National NHS Touch Rugby Finals and highlights the benefits to participants and employers.

Where can you play??  In a word, anywhere. The advantage of touch is that you don’t need a pitch with posts or specialist equipment.   As it’s a non contact form of the game you can play pretty much anywhere from grass to car parks to sports halls to canteens!   It really is that easy, we are confident that once people try it, they will enjoy it and will want to carry on playing.

Development staff from the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Rugby Football League (RFL) are on hand to offer taster sessions showing the basics of touch rugby and help set up regular activity.  This will often be in the form of a league, pitting teams against each other over a number of weeks.  Trust based leagues are a great opportunity for some departmental team building and friendly inter-department competition.  Leagues run so far have shown benefits to individuals fitness, improved team working and relationships, improved motivation at work and an improved sense of community by bringing together staff from across trusts.

Playing equipment and resources for /touch/NHSLondonTouch7_290711_webrunning and advertising activity will also be provided, along with ongoing support from RFU and RFL development staff.

Exit Routes – for any interested people who want to either carry on playing touch rugby or even try the full version of rugby union the RFU and RFL are able to link them to successful community clubs who will welcome them with open arms.


For more information please contact Richa Gautam, National NHS Touch Rugby contact


Download supporting documents

Sample Seedings.pdf
Sample recruitment Pack.pdf
Sample Press Plan.pdf
Sample Poster.pdf
Sample Knockout Fixtures.pdf
Sample Health and Well-being Survey - Touch Rugby.pdf
Sample Framework.pdf
Sample Financial Tracker.pdf
Sample Critical Success Factors.pdf
Rugby Contacts.pdf
Promote Google.pdf
Promote Facebook.pdf
NHS National Touch Rugby Rules.pdf
'How To' Guide - Touch Rugby.pdf