Touch taking off in the Middle East

first_imgExpats around the world play a vital role in the promotion and development of Touch Football in their respective countries abroad. We recently heard from former representative player, Gary Hart, who is doing some fantastic work in the Middle East. On Friday, 28 February, a Men’s, Women’s and social side from Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Al Ain and possibly Qatar will meet in Abu Dhabi for a one day tournament. Hart says that he was in contact with John Larkins from Abu Dhabi Touch late last year and is looking forward to the opportunity. “Saudi Arabia is sending three teams from the Eastern Provence, where Touch is played in three residential communities, Sara, Dhahran and Abqaiq. Players from these communities have been getting together every Friday since early December and training. The training has been all about the basics of Touch, incorporating a couple of rucking moves, and defensive strategies.  Most players are expats from Australia, New Zealand, England and America and mostly over the age of 35, however we do have a couple of local Saudis playing. Socially Touch has been played  for over 20 years in Saudi Arabia, however this will be the first combined Middle East competition, and hopefully the first of many more.”Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate the teams on this initiative and wish them all the best for the tournament. To keep up-to-date with International Touch related news, please visit the Federation of International Touch website – http://www.international-touch.org/ Related LinksInternational Touchlast_img

first_imgExpats around the world play a vital role in the promotion and development of Touch Football in their respective countries abroad. We recently heard from former representative player, Gary Hart, who is doing some fantastic work in the Middle East. On Friday, 28 February, a Men’s, Women’s and social side from Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Al Ain and possibly Qatar will meet in Abu Dhabi for a one day tournament. Hart says that he was in contact with John Larkins from Abu Dhabi Touch late last year and is looking forward to the opportunity. “Saudi Arabia is sending three teams from the Eastern Provence, where Touch is played in three residential communities, Sara, Dhahran and Abqaiq. Players from these communities have been getting together every Friday since early December and training. The training has been all about the basics of Touch, incorporating a couple of rucking moves, and defensive strategies.  Most players are expats from Australia, New Zealand, England and America and mostly over the age of 35, however we do have a couple of local Saudis playing. Socially Touch has been played  for over 20 years in Saudi Arabia, however this will be the first combined Middle East competition, and hopefully the first of many more.”Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate the teams on this initiative and wish them all the best for the tournament. To keep up-to-date with International Touch related news, please visit the Federation of International Touch website – http://www.international-touch.org/ Related LinksInternational Touchlast_img

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