The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has awarded Canterbury Christ Church University’s Sport and Active Health Department funding for an exciting touch rugby initiative.

In collaboration with Canterbury Rugby Football Club, the project aims to promote active living and community engagement through the introduction of touch rugby sessions.

The free touch rugby sessions are open to individuals of all skill levels, providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for participants. This initiative aligns with the University's commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles and strengthening community bonds through sports and recreational activities. Sessions will be hosted at the Canterbury Rugby Club every Friday evening, from 7pm to 8.30pm. 

The Touch Rugby Project will be spearheaded by University student and sports scholar, Ella Jenkins. Taking on the role of Touch Rugby Project Officer, Ella will dedicate 10 hours per week to support the development and execution of the project.

I am thrilled to be part of an initiative that encourages more people to be active. Touch rugby is a fantastic sport and our superb women’s rugby community is already very friendly and supportive; the funding from the Rugby Football Union will help extend this opportunity even further. I am eager for our team to contribute to its success in our community.

Paul Carney, Director of Sport at Canterbury Christ Church University,

Nathan Morris, Head of Player Pathway at Canterbury Rugby Club said:We are thrilled to collaborate with Canterbury Christ Church University on this touch rugby project. It's a fantastic opportunity to bring our community together through the love of the game. This initiative not only promotes getting more active but also strengthens the bonds between our club and the broader community. We look forward to welcoming participants to our club every Friday evening and creating lasting memories on the rugby field."

For further information on the project contact John Burton, Head of Delivery in Sport & Active Health at

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