Winter Indoor Touch Rugby Festivals return for eleventh year

Leeds Rhinos Foundation has launched new dates for its junior Winter Indoor Touch Rugby Festivals, held at Football World Leeds.

Over the last 11 years, Leeds Rhinos Foundation has offered Indoor Touch Rugby competitions throughout the winter months to ambassador clubs as part of the charity’s Rugby League Development Plan. Supported by Mears, the plan aims to develop the ability of junior players, increase participation in the sport and engage with new fans.

Last year saw more than 500 junior players aged 6-12 from over 40 different teams attend the festivals. The small-sided format of matches helps players to improve key elements of their game, such as speed, agility, teamwork, communication and ball handling.

Each player that attends will also receive a special certification of achievement and have the chance to meet Ronnie the Rhino and Leeds Rhinos First Team players, subject to availability.

Sam Horner, Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s Community Clubs Development Officer, said: “Our Indoor Touch programme is a benefit for all our Ambassador clubs and the feedback we receive from them is extremely positive.

“This programme is part of a wider initiative to improve standards in the game by offering children more opportunities to play, especially during the winter months when conditions outside are not so suitable. The biggest thing for me is the difference you see within the players from when they start the programme to the end.

“You see the improvement in skill level and cohesion amongst teams, and to be able to run the programme this year is great for us and all the community clubs involved.”

The competition dates are as follows:

Saturday 7th December – u10s
Saturday 18th January – u9s
Saturday 25th January – u12s Girls
Saturday 15th February- u8s
Saturday 7th March – u7s


Venue: Football World Leeds, Pontefract Lane, Leeds LS9 0RA.
Cost: There is an entry fee of £20 per team to cover the facility costs.
Format: The event will be run as a 5-a-side festival with a maximum of 8 players per team. You can enter a minimum of 5 players, we are flexible on team numbers.

Please CLICK HERE to download the registration form to book your team’s place. 

For more information on our Winter Indoor Touch Rugby programme, please contact