Scrum on down for charity touch rugby tournament | 17 November 10

THE cream of the region’s business community will scrum down for a charity rugby tournament next week.

Teams from a range of companies will be competing against each other in the Charity Touch Rugby Festival, which takes place Druid Park in Woolsington, Newcastle, on Monday 22 November.

The event is being jointly hosted by Premiership rugby side Newcastle Falcons and leading law firm Ward Hadaway and will raise money for the Falcons Community Foundation and SAFC Foundation.

Touch rugby is the oval ball’s equivalent to five-a-side football and is designed to incorporate many of the skills of full-size rugby, but crucially without the crunching tackles.

As a result, the game is suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities as well as allowing for mixed-sex teams to compete together.

For the Charity Touch Rugby Festival, teams consist of six members each with every team having at least two men and two women.

With the emphasis on fun and taking part, a maximum of two players per team can have regular rugby players on board.

Melanie Magee from Newcastle Falcons explained: “Touch rugby offers a great opportunity for companies and organisations to enjoy great team-building in a fun environment.

“It also helps to keep staff fit and, because it is a non-contact sport, players can be any shape or size and don’t have to be rugby veterans.

“The tournament promises to be a great way for people to enjoy themselves, have a fun evening out and raise money for two very good causes in the process.”

Event co-organisers Ward Hadaway already have a track record in the sport.

The firm regularly fields touch rugby teams and has taken part in a series of tournaments including a Falcons-run touch rugby event on Tynemouth Beach.

Jamie Martin, managing partner at Ward Hadaway, said: “As a firm, we are always keen to get involved in events like this which benefit the local community.

“While our team will no doubt be doing their best to emerge victorious from this latest tournament, taking part and having fun is the most important thing.”

The Charity Touch Rugby Festival starts at 5.30pm on Monday 22 November with finals taking place at 8.30pm.

Each team taking part will play a minimum of four games with the eventual winners of the tournament walking away with a trophy.

As well as the rugby, Thumpers bar at Druid Park will also be open for refreshments with the first drink free for all participants and a raffle will also be held once the games are finished.

Further details on the event are available by emailing