During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Touch Rugby enjoyed a big boom throughout BC. Many of our Clubs were able to deliver the popular, free-flowing, non-contact version of Rugby in a safe environment.
By offering Touch Rugby programs, several Clubs enjoyed a sizeable boost in Member numbers during the Fall of 2020 compared to the previous year. After introducing a Touch Rugby program, Prince Rupert Seaman FC saw a 208% rise in Members compared to 2018-19 numbers.
Evergreen Masters (150%), Twilighters Masters (79%), Comox Valley Kickers (44%), Burnaby Lake (20%), James Bay Athletic Association (19%), Port Alberni Black Sheep (16%), Scribes RFC (12%), Axemen Rugby Club (11%) and Kamloops Rugby Club (6%) all enjoyed significant upturns in Member numbers.
Providing Touch Rugby programs also helped consolidate Member numbers for several clubs in the Province, such as Capilano RFC and Castaway Wanderers, and provided Members with a fun, safe and enjoyable Rugby experience.