Canary Wharf is getting ready for something completely new on 9 September; a Rugby tournament.
The RFU confirmed details of the Touch Rugby Corporate Challenge, taking place in the famous business and shopping district as part of it’s Play On campaign. The event in Canada Square Park gives anyone in Canary Wharf and the surrounding community the chance to play touch rugby on a grass pitch nestled between Britain’s tallest buildings.
Touch Rugby is a dynamic game with no tackling, scrum, ruck, maul, lineouts or kicking. It takes its name from the rule that a team loses possession to the other side when their players have been touched six times by the opposition.
The Touch Rugby Corporate Challenge allows anyone to get a four person team together for quickfire matches lasting five minutes each way. Teams require at least one female on the field at any one time. The event will start from 11am and run through to 8pm with exact match times fitted around team availability.
The primary focus is to have fun and keep fit by throwing a rugby ball around in the middle of Canary Wharf; an activity more commonly seen in leafy South West London.
Teams can register via firstname.lastname@example.org .
Andrew Scoular, the RFU’s Community Rugby Director, said: “The Touch Rugby Corporate Challenge is all about getting business people back into sport, to showcase what rugby has to offer and encourage people to join their local clubs, which is part of the Play On campaign.”
Peter Kyte FRICS, Managing Director of Canary Wharf Management Limited said: “There are a lot of rugby fans working at Canary Wharf and living nearby, evidenced by our local rugby clubs going from strength to strength. By bringing the Touch Rugby Corporate Challenge to Canary Wharf we hope to get more people involved in what is a great sport.”
Play On is a nationwide initiative supported by the RFU to encourage players to become involved in rugby whatever the level.
Sponsored by O2, it aims to keep more 16 – 24 year olds in the game as they move from school into work or higher education and beyond. Play On is supported by a network of O2 Pathfinders, over 1600 volunteers who guide players on their rugby journey by connecting them with clubs across the country. In the school-leaver age group many young men and women lose touch with their original rugby clubs when they move around the country.