“If you like throwing a ball around, you should take up touch. If you like running, you should take up touch. If you like team sports, you should take up touch”
Miriam Evans has been one of the clubs' longest service women players. Miriam however has also played a significant amount of touch, including appearances at World Championships as a welsh international and now coaches young players making their way though the stages of the Welsh Touch Association.
Miriam's recognition by London Welsh as an ambassador for the sport of rugby and as an inspiration to young women is well deserved. It can however best be described by her own words in article by Matthew Adams published online in 2013.
First Impressions of Touch
I got into touch because of the boys at my rugby club. A touch league had started locally and they realised if they found a couple of girls, willing enough to play with them, they would get two games a night (one mixed and one men’s).
My first impressions was that it was very different to rugby tactically (even to sevens), it was fast paced, very competitive and also those from the southern hemisphere were a lot, LOT better than us as they had been playing since they were kids!
I loved the competitive element of it and also the fact that it can be mixed sides. In addition it’s an honest sport – which is very important to understand as it is so fast paced.
The Game for Life
What keeps me playing touch? I love it! The beauty of touch is you can play it at any age at any level. I intend to play until I can’t play anymore.
A Game for Men and Women
Touch is both an exciting game to watch and play. It’s end to end action a bit like basketball in that respect. It’s got a great social/community feeling about it. It’s a great way of meeting people from all over the world not just locally. For girls/women there are not many sports that you can have men and women playing together at the same level together. It’s great for fitness too.
If you like throwing a ball around, you should take up touch. If you like running, you should take up touch. If you like team sports, you should take up touch. If you like competitive sports, you should take up touch. If you like social sports, you should take up touch.
Updated 15:48 - 11 Jun 2017 by The Offical London Welsh