Over 300 Edinburgh schoolchildren were inspired by some of the worlds best touch players at the ActivCity Touch World Cup Youth Festival at Peffermill Playing Fields as part of the year of Active Scotland.
As a prelude to the 7th Touch World Cup, the young pupils were given a first hand introduction to the sport of Touch from the best in the business, including current World Champions Australia.
Pupils from Flora Stevenson, Prestonfield, Corstorphine, Dean Park and St Francis primary schools were matched with nations competing in the World Cup including Australia, Niue, France, Guernsey and Singapore.
Touch, or touch rugby as it is also known, is a popular and fast-growing minimal-contact team sport played by both males and females and by a broad spectrum of the community. Alongside getting young people active, the sport has numerous social benefits, providing an opportunity for boys and girls to compete together on a level playing field.
Commenting on the Youth Festival, the Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison said: “Touch is a fast growing sport and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. It is a tremendous way of keeping active and having great fun at the same time.
"The growth in touch over the past few years has been fantastic and is making a very positive contribution to our efforts in encouraging a more Active Nation.”
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