The main aim for starting KL Touch was so that people who enjoyed the game could get together on a weekend, play a good game and have a legitimate reason to go out for a pint after. The group was started by Simon Whitelaw (president of KL Touch) in 1994 and has been steadily increasing in size and popularity ever since.
Rugby is a full-contact sport where strength, speed and ball-handling skills are necessary for the win. Touch rugby shares some rules with rugby, like how the ball can only be passed backwards and the ball must be placed on the ground in the try zone to score. It also has its own unique set of rules including:
• there is no tackling and you can only touch the other player
• a drop ball on the ground is a turn over to the other team
• a team is allowed six attempts / touches to score before handing possession to the other side.
The beauty of this sport is that you have all the great elements of rugby and playing with a team, but without the bruising tackles and rucking. In touch rugby, running, ball handling and teamwork is imperative. The game is gaining popularity and FIT Touch Malaysia, the sport’s governing body in Malaysia has started the formal registration of local clubs and players.
Photo: KL Touch
KL Touch is made up of a good mix of local and expat players, and as the game is all about communication, talking to each other helps win the game. This is particularly beneficial for young people who want to gain confidence and learn how to interact with others. It’s also an extremely fun way to keep fit. In an age when most of us spend far too much time on our devices and cooped up indoors, finding a club like this and spending an afternoon playing such a cool sport is a great way to spend the weekend.
Players range in age from 15 to 50 and anyone can join. As of 2017, KL Touch has started a kids’ section with players as young as six having a go. The upcoming KL Fun Touch Tournament, which will be held on 31 March, promises to be a day of competitive (and fun!) games with the aim of encouraging more people to play. Parents: this is a very kid-friendly sport and a fantastic way to introduce them to team sport so be sure to attend the tournament.
At the moment, KL Touch is the only avenue for anyone who just wants to pop by and have a go. If you’re keen on taking up a new sport or if you already play and want to train with like-minded people, contact KL Touch to find out where and when training takes place. And remember, there’s always the promise of a cold beer afterwards – not for the kids, of course!