Touch Comes to West Wales in May

On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May 2012 (May Bank Holiday weekend), Wild West Touch will take place for the first time on the playing fields in Llandysul, Ceredigion, Wales.
Wild West Touch Competition

Click here to find out more and to register

Saturday’s competition will see families battling out to win the Cwpan Teulu / Family Cup.  Tournament Director, Matthew Adams explains;
“The Family Cup is unique.  As Touch is a minimal contact game, males and females of all ages can play together on the same team, making Touch the ideal sport for families and friends to come together and do something really enjoyable, not to mention the health benefits of running around playing Touch for a few hours!  The Family Cup is the first of its kind in Wales so it’s going to be an exciting competition!”
The following day, Sunday 6th May, the adult competition takes place with Men’s, Women’s, Mixed (Men & Women) and over 35 divisions all competing to win the Cwpan Gorllewin Gwyllt / Wild West Cup.  Again, Touch is unique in that men and women can compete together in mixed teams.  Because of its low impact and low risk of injury, Touch attracts people that may have retired from playing competitive sports or those that wish to play in order to keep fit.  Once they have caught the bug, many players continue to play Touch into their 50s and 60s making it one of the few sports that has a genuine life time participation cycle.
Wild West Touch is calling on groups to form teams and register for the event taking place in May.  Teams could be made up of family or friends, a group of work colleagues, an existing rugby team or any other sports club or organisation, as Matthew illustrates;
“I’ve played for a mixed team and many of the ladies that play came into the game for a bit of a laugh, having never played any kind of rugby – most of them are netball or hockey players.  But they now play every summer and some of them have even gone on to represent Wales in the Touch Euros and World Cups!

We are expecting entries from Touch teams that compete in the leagues in Llanelli, Swansea, Cardiff and beyond, but most of all I want to encourage local men, women and children to sign up a team with their family or mates and give it a go – I guarantee that they will enjoy it!  The event website has lots of useful videos and other hints and tips to help understand the game.  We’re being well supported by WTA with qualified referees and officials, so this promises to be a first-class experience.”


Playing Fields at Llandysul

Caeau Chwarae Llandysul Playing Fields

Wild West Touch is taking place in the beautiful Teifi Valley, on the playing fields in Llandysul, Ceredigion in west Wales.  The location is right next to the River Teifi – famous for its fishing and kayaking.  Accommodation for visiting teams is available at various B&Bs and hotels nearby, with bunkhouse accommodation and camping available through local outdoor sports adventurers, Llandysul Paddlers,whose centre is located just two minutes away from the action.
Visit the Wild West Touch website for more information or to register a team; www.gorllewingwyllt.com 

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