Beer festival at Northampton Casuals RFC aims to raise money for brain tumour charity

The price of beer could go up in the Budget

The price of beer could go up in the Budget

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A weekend beer festival that includes a charity touch rugby tournament is being hosted by Northampton Casuals RFC next month.

It will be the second festival organised by the club and this year all proceeds will be donated to the Brain Tumour charity, as this is a charity close to the hearts of many at the club.

The festival takes place over the weekend of July 16-17 and features real ales, ciders, barbecue, live music, a disco and lots of family fun.

The 02 Touch rugby tournament is only £10 to enter for mixed teams of six players, aged 16 or over. Games will be around 15-20 minutes in length and players and coaches will be on hand to help with rules and playing tips. Entries need to be in by July 3.

A spokesman for the club said: “Northampton COYS Touch Club have built on the success of their partnership with O2 Touch and Northampton Casuals to become the biggest Touch Club in Northamptonshire, and one of the biggest in the Midlands, competing in small, local tournaments, and nationally recognised events promoted by the England Touch Association.

“Players from the club have gone on to represent regional and national sides.

“The O2 Touch programme is one of the best social clubs available, somewhere to exercise and play hard with like-minded people in a fun and social setting,” he said.

“Whether people are there every week or occasionally, O2 Touch will provide a consistently great experience in a great environment every week. With access available at the click of a button, people of every level will be able to play, progress, make friends and give a lift to their day,” he added.

The club currently runs two sessions a week, on Monday and Thursday evenings at Northampton Casuals RFC.

“Monday is club training night where we go through some skills, tactical and fitness work before practising them in a game situation and Thursday is our ‘O2 Touch’ session where we just split everyone into teams and enjoy playing,” he said.

“Both sessions run from 7pm (changing open from 6.30pm) until between 8.30/9pm depending on numbers and how energetic everyone is feeling,” he added.

“The first session is free and assuming you enjoy it and want to keep coming back, you can either pay annual subs of £30 to become a club member which means Monday evening are free and Thursday evenings are just £2, or pay as you play on a Thursday for £3 per session.

“All you will need to bring is moulded studs (no metal studs) and plenty of water,” he said.

For more details or to enter a team, visit the Northampton COYS faceboook page https://www.facebook.com/COYSTouchRugby, email coystouchrugby@hotmail.co.uk or visit on Twitter @O2TouchCOYS