BBRFC Celtic Touch was conceived in 2005 (when the club was called Brussels Celtic Touch). since then we have grown into a major part of the club and have a great turn out to our twice weekly training sessions.
Our training sessions are light hearted with emphasis on game play complemented by some ball handling and skills. We have a wide range of abilities and ages and are always keen to welcome new players, regardless of experience.
Touch is a minimal contact form of rugby, played by both men and women of all ages.
It has similarities to rugby, where tackling has been replaced with a simple touch, and there is no kicking of the ball, scrums, lineouts rucks or mauls. Points are scored by making a touchdown (like scoring a try in rugby). This leads to a very fast game of running and passing.
Some additional information on touch can be found in this excellent booklet prepared by the English RFU (PDF), and Touch Germany have published a simple 'Touch for Dummies' guide (PDF). The Federation of International Touch (FIT) also has a selection of online videos
We normally train on Wednesdays and Fridays evenings from 20:00 to 22:00, although we switch the Wednesday training for Tuesdays at 18:30 every two weeks. The training takes place at the rugby pitch in the VUB, found in front of the tram stop VUB.
Check the Club Calendar below for full details (including which pitch we will be on) and for when our tournaments and competitions are held.
The first 3 training sessions for touch are free - just turn up at the pitch and introduce yourself but you may want to send a quick email to [email protected] to confirm that you will be attending. If, after the 3 free sessions, you would like to continue with us you will then need to turn up to your 4th session with the fees paid to our bank account! Additionally, complete the registration form below and send it to [email protected]
We have a mailing list for club announcements (including training cancellation etc). To join, send an email to [email protected] - you will get an email confirmation request from Yahoo Groups, simply reply to the mail (option 2) to confirm your email address - this avoids having to create a yahoo account.
When you sign up to be a member of the Touch mailing list your e-mail address will also be passed on to Touch Belgium so that you receive news and updates on Touch Belgium events.
Touch - 'Player Name' - 'Type of fee'
We have a strict policy regarding the fee payment. No player is to play or be registered until the fee has been paid. The latter is considered outstanding if not settled by the end of April. After that, a €10 increase will be applied.
The membership period is from 1st June to the end of May.
Payment plans are always an option, so please contact our treasurer if you would like one.
VUB students who wish to only train with us can do so for free, without filling in any forms, provided they are insured by the VUB. To participate in tournaments, the normal procedure applies.
BBRFC Celtic Touch participate in several tournaments across Europe like the North Sea Touch Series (NSTS). These tournaments comprise clubs from a growing number of countries including the UK, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.