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Rugby - 26. September 2011.

Active Women Touch Rugby League introduction

The RFL and Wigan Sports Development are launching a new 'Active Women' initiative at the Soccer Dome in Wigan to encourage more women to remain fit and active and try Touch Rugby League.

The introductory Touch Rugby League programme which is aimed at women between 16 and 25 starts on Monday October 3 and features four weeks of introductory coaching between 6pm and 7pm and then a six week league.

RFL League For All Officer Tom Brindle said: “It’s great to be working with Wigan Sports Development on a new and exciting project like this.

“Touch Rugby League has really grown in strength this year in the Wigan and Leigh area and a project like this is a real testament to this inclusive sport. This project will offer Women of all experience the chance to play Touch Rugby League in a fun and safe environment.”

Touch Rugby League is good for fitness, toning and being active without visiting the gym; it’s also a great social game which you can play with your friends.

It’s simple and easy to learn, and it is minimal contact so there is no risk of injury.

Helen Browne, Wigan Sports Development Officer said: “The Women's Touch Rugby League programme in partnership with the RFL is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in a new sport, keep fit and socialise with like-minded young women. Touch Rugby is easy to play and involves minimum contact, making it ideal for beginners all the way through to experienced rugby league players.  ”

The programme is part of a drive by  Sport England to develop a range of sports specific, multi-sport and physical activity sessions to help to increase female participation across the borough.

You can also get involved in the sessions by volunteering or coaching with funding available to support individuals in gaining qualifications to support the development of a strong women’s sport infrastructure in Wigan.

If you are interested in taking part or would like more information please contact RFL League for All Officer, Thomas Brindle on 01942 487830, 07717 457598 or tom.brindle@rfl.uk.com<mailto:tom.brindle@rfl.uk.com>.

For more information on Touch Rugby League visit http://www.therfl.co.uk/play/touch

For more information on Active Women visit www.wlct.org/activewomen<http://www.wlct.org/activewomen>
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