Pioneers in Inclusive Rugby, The Manchester Village Spartans RUFC are proud to have teamed up with England Rugby and 02 Touch to launch the UK’s first Inclusive Rugby draft-style, one-day, Summer Touch Rugby tournament on Saturday June 1st 2019 supported by our friends at England Touch.

Players aged 18yrs+ of any touch rugby ability can register to come along and play.  You don’t have to be in a team, but if you are, we will try and keep some of you together. 

This exciting and ultra-sociable event is as individual as you are.  Sign up as a single player or in friendship groups…..whether you’re a Northwest Blade team, a solo Midland Tiger or an 02 Touch Team from Tamworth, you’re all welcome.

Contact us below if you have any questions and hopefully, see you in June!

The easiest way to think of a Summer Touch Rugby Draft Tournament is that it’s like fantasy Football or Fantasy Touch Rugby but it’s played out in real life! If that still doesn’t mean anything to you, it works like this:

WHEN SIGNING UP

  • During the sign up process, we ask for some basic info about the amount of Touch Rugby experience you (and any other attendees you’re buying tickets for) have
  • Different levels of experience ‘earn’ the player different amounts of ‘points’

BEFORE THE DAY

  • Once everyone is signed up, the basic player info is given to a number of ‘Captains’ to select Touch Rugby teams for the day
  • Captains don’t get your name on the info provided when selecting players – so they can’t just choose people they may know. The Touch Rugby player info they receive is anonymised so the competition stays competitive, fair and a great new sociable way to play
  • Each Team Captain is given a certain amount of ‘points’ to spend on touch players, the more experienced a player, the more ‘points’ and therefore ‘expensive’ they are
  • This means that Captains have to balance their teams to try to build the most competitive squad that they can whilst ensuring that experience levels are divided across teams
  • If we have several people coming from one team we will try to keep a couple of you together but the idea of the draft is for everyone to get mixed up, stuck in and play with in exciting, new teams for the day!

ON THE DAY

  • We will aim to give you some time in the morning to get to know your team and have a warm-up practice together
  • The tournament will use group stages, followed by knockout rounds, to decide on final positions and the Cup, Bowl and Plate winners
  • The number of matches played and length of matches will be finalised nearer the event on 1st June, but the idea will be to maximise game time whilst not exhausting everyone for their finals

EXTRA INFO

  • Lunch will be provided on the day – Please indicate if you’re Gluten Free, Vegan etc in the ‘Additional Information’ box when purchasing tickets and we will try to accomodate these requests
  • Medical and physio cover will be available on site on the day
  • Paid refereeing staff will be on site during the competition

Lunch is provided for valid ticket holders on the day.  If you have any dietary requirements, please indicate these in the ‘Additional Information’ box when purchasing tickets and we will try to accommodate these needs.   Buy your ticket/s HERE

Manchester Village Spartans celebrate their 20th Anniversary this year – a milestone event in the growth of Inclusive Rugby.  As one of the world’s first Gay & Inclusive Rugby Clubs, they have been pioneering inclusivity in sport for two decades and continue to work hard to make rugby more accessible to all.  

Visit our Website for more info.

Our thanks go to England Rugby and 02 Touch for their advice and assistance


DATE: Saturday 1st June
HOSTED BY: Manchester Village Spartans

LOCATION OF EVENT: 
TRAFFORD MV RFCC
FINNY BANK ROAD
SALE
M33 6LR

(M60 MOTORWAY JUNCTION 7)

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EVENT TIMINGS

CHECK-IN FROM 9.00AM (BRING TICKETS)
WARM UPS START 9:30AM
LUNCH 12 NOON
DUE TO END 4:00PM

*Timings are approximate for guidance only. Subject to amendment on the day. We will seek to minimise delays so that the event completes at expected time.

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