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Onwards and Upwards: Celebrating Growth in Play Rugby AZ's Touch Program

Reflecting on the journey of Play Rugby AZ's Touch Rugby program, it's a moment to pause and appreciate the incredible strides we've made. 2023 marked a year of remarkable growth and joy, bringing the essence of rugby to more people than ever before. This article is a toast to everyone who has been a part of this journey - a celebration of our achievements and an exciting preview of what 2024 holds.

2023: A Year of Unprecedented Growth

The past year has been our biggest yet. We've seen a steady increase in participation, with average numbers climbing each month compared to the previous year. Summer was particularly vibrant, witnessing up to 60 people regularly enjoying touch rugby, a testament to the program's growing appeal.

Partnerships That Made a Difference

Our partnerships have been pivotal. Collaborating with Phoenix Storm Rugby Club led to the thrilling 'Thursday Night Touch under the Lights' during summer, significantly expanding our reach. Our alliance with Eclipse Rugby Club brought forth the Youth Summer Touch Rugby, and our partnership with Red Mountain Youth Rugby Club created a dynamic High School Touch Rugby program. These collaborations have not only helped grow our community but have also made rugby more accessible to diverse age groups.

More Than Just a Game

Our programs, always free to the public, have established a safe and welcoming environment for everyone to try rugby. We've introduced countless individuals to the sport, aiding local players in improving their fitness and skills. Moreover, these gatherings have become a hub for networking, helping clubs recruit fresh talent and providing a space for everyone to stay active.

The Social Fabric of Our Community

But it's not just about rugby. Our gatherings have been social events where new friendships were formed, and old ones were rekindled. We listened to music, shared laughs, and played rugby, creating memories that go beyond the field.

Looking Ahead to 2024

As we gear up for 2024, we're filled with excitement and determination to go even bigger. The impact of our touch rugby program on the local rugby community has been profound, and we are just getting started. Our plan is to build on this momentum, reaching more people and continuing to create a thriving, inclusive rugby community.


As we reflect on the success of Play Rugby AZ's Touch Rugby program, it's clear that we have not only grown a sport but fostered a community. Each one of you has played a crucial role in this journey. So, as we look forward to 2024, let's carry this pride and sense of accomplishment forward, ready to make even greater strides in growing the sport we love. Here's to more touch, more laughs, and more rugby!

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