Tartan Touch grows across Scotland

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.

For more information about Tartan Touch, please visit tartantouch.org and @Tartan_Touch for the latest updates.

Tartan Touch hubs 2018: 

Borders & East Lothian

Edinburgh

Glasgow & the West

Caledonia

Gala

Lismore

Ardrossan

Deeside

Melrose

Currie

Annan

Perthshire

Peebles

Penicuik

Hamilton

Moray

Preston Lodge

Leith

Biggar

Stirling County

Kelso

Linlithgow

Whitecraigs*

Highland*

Selkirk*

 

Paisley*

Madras*

Haddington*

 

Ayr*

Strathendrick*

  

Hillhead/Jordanhill*

Garioch*

   

Shetland*

   

Strathmore*

*New Tartan Touch hubs