Woodbridge Rugby Club to host Seckford Shield
Community touch rugby competition

Following previous successful tournaments, Woodbridge Rugby Club is to host this year’s Seckford Shield Community Touch Rugby Tournament from 12 noon on Saturday 18 August supported by the O2 Touch programme and Suffolk Coastal District Council.

This fun touch-rugby competition played between local teams of 7 players plus subs will last all day at the Club’s grounds; Hatchley Barn, Orford Road, Bromeswell, Suffolk, IP12 2PP. There will be refreshments available and visitors are welcome to pop in or stay all day. The relaxed atmosphere makes it an ideal way to introduce child spectators to the sport and in addition to the matches there will be rugby themed games and other entertainment for younger children. The 20-minute matches kick off from 12 noon and last until the Tournament winner is announced at approximately 5:30pm. Previous winners include The Mariner’s Arms (twice) and the Club itself. 

There will be teams from local pubs and teams representing and sponsored by local businesses.

Touch rugby is a shorter, fun version of rugby that is NOT full contact and is therefore suitable for mixed teams - from 14yrs and upwards. Games are seven-a-side with unlimited substitutions and at least one female player must be on the pitch at all times. To welcome beginners to the sport a short, informal and light training session will be held from 11:00am.

Kerri Ehret, Tournament Organiser at Woodbridge Rugby Club said: “the Seckford Shield has become a regular fixture in the Woodbridge calendar. Any initiative which encourages people to become more active must be welcomed. Rugby doesn’t have to be a full contact sport and the O2 Touch programme enables everyone, young or old, male or female, to have a go, get fit and have fun. With the new rugby season just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to come down to your local friendly Club; Woodbridge RFC and try this gentle version of rugby. Our Club offers rugby from U6 for boys and girls, men and women as well as wheelchair rugby so all are welcome”.

Andrew Wilesmith, Coaching Coordinator says “it’s great to have the Seckford Shield back. It’s a fantastic event that brings the local community together at one of the premier clubs in the area. Woodbridge is a truly inclusive club with a thriving boys and girls programme and a men’s and women’s team that welcomes everyone. The touch element is a great way to give back to such a supportive community.”


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