New touch sessions keep retired active

Retired folk in Pershore are proving that you’re never too old to stay active, by taking part in a new non-contact Touch initiative at Pershore Rugby. Third Age Touch is already proving to be popular, with seven retired players (with a combined age of some 500 years) coming together at Pershore Rugby’s Piddle Park grounds last Wednesday for their first training session and more expected this week at 11am.

The Wednesday morning training sessions are open to men and women, who are retired, or have limited fitness, but who want to play a team sport at a pace to suit them. Bill Hurley, 81, is a retired rugby player and said: “I have kept active, walking, but it is great to be able to run again. I’ve used muscles I’d forgotten I had.” David James, 78, said: “As I got older it became more difficult to keep up with the younger Touch Players and, much as I tried, I couldn’t touch them or score a try. But I wasn’t ready to retire and I didn’t want to play walking touch either: I wanted to play at my pace. So, this Third Age Touch at Pershore has come to my rescue and is just perfect.

Whatever your age, Pershore’s the place now to play Touch.” Richard George, 67, who is Pershore Rugby’s chairman, has joined in the sessions too and says: “There is a tremendous atmosphere amongst the players – some really good banter. And this initiative, bringing older players back to enjoy a runaround together and have a coffee in the clubhouse afterwards, is all part of our aim at Pershore Rugby to be as inclusive and welcoming as possible.”

Anyone, whether new or experienced, is welcome to come along to the fully Covidcompliant, coached sessions. The first three tasters are free, after which it is £5 a month.

For further information on Third Age Touch contact David James – 01386 462 944

For information on either Ladies Touch, Mixed Touch or Junior Touch please contact Fizz Bewley on 07791 546541