Touch For All
The Touch For All programme (formerly known as the Jo'burg Schools Girls' Touch Rugby Development Programme) came into existence in June 1997. The programme is made up of people interested in developing and promoting Touch as an independent sport. TFA enjoys the full endorsement of the South African Touch Association. TFA became a programme of Rugby 101 in June 2007 as it was felt there was synegy between the two entties. .
Touch For All aims at developing and promoting Touch Rugby as a game played by people of different genders, races and ages. At present the main focus area is the development of women’s Touch especially at high schools and tertiary institutions in Gauteng. The initiative aims to encourage schools and tertiary institutions to participate regurlary in the Touch Rugby leagues throughout Gauteng. We believe that the game of touch should be accessible to the masses.
Touch For All has set out to achieve the above-mentioned objectives through tireless work in presenting clinics and squad training sessions. The project, now in its tenth year, already boasts a number of National Squad players, the first, Tsoanelo Pholo, representing South Africa at the Senior World Cup in Sydney in April 1999 and 12 other players who played for the South African Schools All Stars Team Against England in Durban in November 1999, and also in the Youth World Cups in Auckland, New Zealand in January 2001 and Brisbane, Australia in January 2005. Most Touch For All graduates have also progressed through the ranks to play in various Central and Eastern Gauteng Touch representative teams and also to represent South Africa.
Touch is a relatively new sport in South Africa, and we believe it can grow and become one of the most participative sporting codes in the country. We have therefore committed ourselves to ensuring the necessary development. We would like to see Touch progressing and ultimately being equal to sports like cricket, netball, hockey and rugby.
Coaching clinics are offered on request to any school or club. Organised coaching sessions are also scheduled throughout the year. These clinics are the direct nursery of the Gauteng and Easterns Touch Associations. Many players have been filtered into various league teams through these clinics.
Opportunities for Players
Many opportunities exist for players through the TFA Programme. These include tournaments like the High Schools Touch Rugby series, the Touch In The Park Challenge and the St Martin’s Touch Day; organised leagues like the Crawford Schools leagues and the In 2 Touch Touch Rugby Leagues; Interprovincial and international competition as well a chance to represent South Africa at the highest levels possible.
Gauteng Six Down Touch Leagues
1. Pretoria (various venues)
2. Sandton Sports Club, Jeppe Quandam and Zoo Lake Sports Club
3. Varsity College Schools League
At Touch For All we believe in exposing our players to a variety of playing styles. This is achieved through tours to other provinces namely Western Province and Natal. In the past we have organised for individual schools and representative teams to tour both Durban and Natal. The amount of experience gained on these tours is phenomenal. Touring also generates more interest as players get exposed to their counterparts in other provinces. Many friendships have been created through this process. At first we set out to build bridges between various provinces and we are proud to say that we have outdone ourselves.
The Talented Players Project
The TPP aims at affording all talented players an opportunity of being coached at the highest level in the province. Players will be chosen through various methods. These include tournaments like the High Schools Series, Touch in the Park and the Varsity College Schools League. Players will meet at least once every second week for a coaching session. Our aim is to have at least two players per school represented in this project. TPP will act as a springboard to provincial selection and to other prestigious teams.
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