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Banff Rugby Club offering come and try sessions

By Kyle Ritchie

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Families are being encouraged to join Banff Rugby Club for free rugby activity sessions.

Taking place every Saturday from 11am to midday until the end of August at Duff House in Banff, the Tartan Touch sessions offer an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to try rugby.

Activities are based on touch, tag and walking rugby, with no contact between players, providing assurance of safety and no barriers regarding age, ability or fitness levels for those considering taking part.

Families are being encouraged to join the Tartan Touch sessions at Banff Rugby Club.
Families are being encouraged to join the Tartan Touch sessions at Banff Rugby Club.

No previous rugby experience is required to join in and participants can attend as many sessions as they wish.

The initiative comes following the new partnership between Scottish Rugby and Papa John’s, which was launched in February 2022.

The pizza delivery brand is working to support rugby communities in Scotland through the Papa John’s Tartan Touch.

Director of rugby at Banff Rugby Club Andy Smith said: “Our goal is to bring our rugby family into the Banff, Macduff and surrounding communities to get people involved in playing rugby, getting some exercise and making new friends.

"We have player buddies to help and guide participants through the relaxed and fun sessions, so all ages and abilities are welcome to come along and take part, they are real family activity sessions.”

Outdoor clothing and suitable footwear are recommended. The clubhouse is open during the sessions for refreshments.

More information is available on the Banff Rugby Club Facebook page, www.facebook.com/banffrfc, or by contacting Andy Smith at smith.andy28@yahoo.co.uk or 07779 759 991.

Further details about the Papa Johns Tartan Touch are available at www.scottishrugby.org/clubs-and-schools/ways-to-play/tartan-touch

Meanwhile, regular training sessions at the Banff-based club are open to anyone to join, with seniors training on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7pm to 8.30pm, and youth training on Thursday evenings from 6pm to 7.30pm.

On Saturdays, pre-school sessions run from 10.30am to 11am, followed by primary school sessions from 11am to 12.30pm.

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