Frequently Asked Questions

What is touch?

Touch is played worldwide by men, women and children of all ages, often together. It is played on a pitch half the size of a rugby pitch and each team has six players on the pitch at any one time. Whilst the basic rules of rugby apply, touch is a fast-paced and (as it's name suggests) minimal contact sport that emphasises running and ball skills. It's great for fitness and, because it requires very little equipment, it's easy and inexpensive to get involved. The below video will give you a quick flavour. More info: About Touch.

An introduction to touch


Who or what is Oxford Touch?

Oxford Touch is a friendly touch rugby club that has been playing touch in Oxford since 2006. We are now part of Gosford All Blacks RFC, based in Kidlington, just north of Oxford. We regularly have new faces turning up and we welcome people of all ages and abilities, men and women to come and join in with us. We play amongst ourselves throughout the year, and in the spring/summer we compete in an Oxford-based league and in tournaments throughout the UK and (occasionally) Europe. Explore this site to find out more.

Can I come and give it a go?

Of course! We usually play on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7pm at Gosford All Blacks RFC (map). You can pay as you play (£3 per session) until you've decided if touch is for you, so just come along and join in - or contact us for more info. More info: Get Involved.

Is touch for me?

Probably. Touch really is suitable for all ages, men and women, whether or not you've ever held a rugby ball before, and whatever your current level of fitness. We count total newcomers and seasoned international players amongst our members, but there's only one way to find out for sure - come and have a go!

Do you cater for children?

We do not run a children's or youth's section, but we are very happy for youths to join in with us, with parental consent (we suggest this may be most suitable for those 14 years and above, but there are no hard and fast rules). Please get in touch if you've any doubts or questions about this. For younger children Gosford RFC's mini or junior rugby may be more appropriate - please contact Mark Gardner: markgardner@gosfordrugby.com.

What do I need?

There's no need for any special equipment - shirt, shorts, and trainers or boots with moulded studs are all you need. Boots with studs are not permitted in touch, but if it's wet and that's all you have then don't let it put you off coming along (though we may ask you to stop wearing them if you stick around to save our toes!). We have an excellent club-house with good changing rooms and hot showers which you are welcome to use.

How much is it?

We ask for a donation of £3 per session to come along and have a go for a few sessions. If you enjoy it and stick around we'll ask you to become a member. Our very reasonable membership costs are on our Membership page.

When do you play/train?

We play amongst ourselves throughout the year, usually on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7pm. Mondays tend to be an informal game and Wednesdays are more structured coaching sessions. Whenever you come along there will be someone on hand to show you the ropes. In the spring/summer we also play matches and tournaments against other clubs, usually at the weekends.

Where do you play/train?

We are based at:

Gosford All Blacks RFC
Stratfield Brake
Freize Way
Kidlington
Oxford
OX5 1UP
(map)

Matches take place throughout the UK and (occasionally) elsewhere in Europe.

Where can I find out more?

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