2013 Update – Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August at Pendine – visit www.gorllewingwyllt.com to register
Wales Touch Association (WTA) announce that their flagship annual beach tournament will take place on Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September 2012.
There was some doubt whether this would be on this year or not. This was due to the Pendine tournament traditionally being held on the last weekend of August and therefore being in very close proximity to the Touch European Championships in early September. However, due to popular demand (and even one team threatening not to speak to them ever again if the tournament didn’t go ahead!) the WTA have decided that Pendine was a must!
For the first time, the tournament will be delivered in partnership with Cyffwrdd Gorllewin Gwyllt (Wild West Touch) which was formed earlier in 2012 in order to promote the game in west Wales and has already hosted the first ever Touch tournament in Llandysul.
Gorllewin Gwyllt Director, Matthew Adams explains;
I’m really looking forward to being part of the Pendine tournament having heard great things about it over the last 10 years. We’re hoping to bring our local knowledge and expertise to the event and help inspire some of the locals to get involved. We also aim to attract some of the teams already playing Touch in Llanelli, Swansea and Llandysul to play in Pendine for the first time.
The tournament takes place a couple of weeks after the conclusion of the Euros, so it’s the perfect way for those that have been representing their countries to bring another long season to a close in a social environment. With good value local accommodation available, as well as camping and some great pubs, it promises to be a fantastic party atmosphere. It’s also a great chance for teams currently competing in west Wales to test themselves against established teams from across Wales, England and beyond.
Men’s Open (MO) and Women’s Open (WO) competitions take place on Saturday 29th September with a Mixed Open (MXO) competition on Sunday 30th September. Some clubs choose to enter all three competitions with their men’s and women’s teams playing separately on the Saturday and then coming together to form a mixed team on the Sunday. WTA is offering a cut price of £300 to register three teams, instead of the usual £120 team fee.
More information and registration details will follow soon. If you want to keep up to date with Touch news in the Wild West, register for our irregular newsletter! You can also check out the Gorllewin Gwyllt (Wild West) website for all things Touch in the region.
Did you know….Pendine is the Anglicisation of the Welsh name, Pentywyn. Many Welsh place names refer to geographical features with ‘Pen’ meaning ‘Head’ or the ‘Top’ and ‘Tywyn’ meaning ‘Dune’.
Pendine Online website for further information about the town.