Builth RFC team up with Back To Roots to form a new Touch Rugby Club

We are delighted to announce that Roots Rugby, a summertime social touch rugby club will be launching next Tuesday (7th May) on the Groe, Builth Wells.

Roots rugby is a collaborative social project between Builth Wells RFC, Back To Roots and PixelHaze. Our aim is to provide and promote a free, weekly opportunity for people in and around Builth Wells to get out in the sunshine (staying optimistic here) and throw a ball around for an hour and a half in a safe and welcoming organised event. There is no prior commitment, no limit on numbers.


I haven’t played competitive Rugby since youth level and have no interest in getting back into it now. I do, however, miss the sport from a fitness and ball skills perspective and I know that I am not alone in this. At my design agency in Cardiff, we created a weekly ’throw around’ in Roath Park with friends and our staff. We just needed a rugby ball some cheap plastic cones from sports direct and we created quite a stir. Without any marketing or organisation, we ended up with 15-20 participants most weeks and we even had passers-by asking to join in. As it was a social event, our answer was always ‘yes’.

Elwyn Davies, Event Organiser.

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When and where

It will be on the Groe every Tuesday, 6pm-7:30pm, we are also considering the possibility of adding a social element (e.g. post-game drink at the club). The season will run from the first week of May and will end before the clocks change in October. If numbers grow, a second (third or fourth) match is started to ensure everybody gets a game.


We are aiming for a broad range of participants, mixed gender and any age (aged 12+). Children will need to be accompanied by adults. More exerienced rugby players will be on hand to help and support beginners or those who haven‘t thrown a rugby ball in a while. We will be playing on narrow, short pitches to add a focus on ball skills and we have a number of tricks up our sleeve to ensure the game is accessible to all ages and abilities.

Basic Rules (TBC, we will be giving this a trial run on the 7th May)

  • Rugby league format - 5 phases (touches below neck only)

  • Once touched the ball carrier rolls the ball back between legs to reset play

  • No kicking (although grubber kicks allowed on 5th phase)

  • Self-refereed, borrowing heavily on the honesty used in amateur Golf comps

  • Zero tolerance towards aggressive behaviour.

  • Short, narrow pitch to promote ball skills over out and out pace.

We hope to see you at 6 pm on Tuesday, 7th May :)

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