Bishop's Stortford RFC holding their second intra-club touch tournament behind closed doors
Marcus Cattell is looking forward to seeing rugby back being played at Silver Leys when Bishop's Stortford hold their second intra-club touch tournament this Saturday (April 24).
The joint coach is expecting around 100 members to take part in the event, which is being held behind closed doors with no spectators allowed, in a similar format to the first touch festival held on October 31.
That festival was a big success, but it finished just hours before Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the second national lockdown.
With a third lockdown following, players from the club's senior sections – men's, women's and touch – are now raring to get back on the pitch after all of the club's teams have enjoyed being back in training for four weeks since coronavirus restrictions eased.
"It will be good for everyone to get back up there and we're hoping to have around 100 participants," said Cattell.
"It's an opportunity to get some rugby back at Silver Leys and numbers at training have been huge. It's been nice to see the training pitches full to capacity, under the restrictions.
"There's a real buzz about the return of rugby. Everyone's been so happy to see each other again, which is good for people's mental health. There's a really good atmosphere."
The competition is expected to run from 1pm to 4pm. The bar will be open in the afternoon for socially-distanced refreshments to be enjoyed outside, but spectators are not allowed at the touch tournament.