be social

Guernsey Touch looks to the future with launch of youth league

Youngsters from the ages of eight to 16 now have the chance to get involved with touch.
Guernsey Touch has appointed a youth development officer and this season will see the introduction of the KPMG Youth League for boys and girls.
‘Touch is an incredibly popular sport in Guernsey and we have had lots of requests from youngsters who have wanted to take part in the KPMG Summer and Autumn Leagues. Although it doesn’t involve tackling of any kind, it is still a contact sport which is played at a fast pace and so from a safety perspective, we’ve had to say no,’ said Tristan Boscher, who has taken on the youth development officer role.
‘But the desire to have a youth league has always been there and the committee recognises that it’s an integral part to ensuring the future success of the sport. It’s 10 years since the first competitive Guernsey Touch leagues and so it’s fitting that we have taken this next step in opening up the sport to even more people.’
The KPMG Youth League will have two divisions, one for players aged 8 – 11 who will play on half-sized touch pitch and one for players aged 12 – 16 who will play on a full size pitch. Players will register as individuals and then be divided into teams who will play at 6pm every Wednesday ahead of the main KPMG Summer League.
‘We know that many youngsters will already have played touch through the great efforts of the rugby development officer Steve Melbourne who we are working closely with. Each team will be appointed a qualified and experienced coach so that they can learn more while playing at a competitive level. We already know that there are some very talented youngsters out there who have a natural ability and we want to give them the chance to get involved,’ said Mr Boscher.
There will be no cost to enter and corporate sponsors are being secured to cover the cost of team shirts.
‘We want to ensure that there are no barriers to someone coming along and trying touch. The great thing about touch is that it’s a team sport and a mixed sport and that’s quite rare. It’s very social, doesn’t require lots of equipment and is a great way of keeping fit. As long as you can catch, throw and run then you’re guaranteed to have fun.’
Anyone wanting to get involved in the inaugural KPMG Youth League should email Tristan Boscher at youth@guernseytouch.org.gg with their name, gender, age and school / youth organisation / sport club.