Welcome to the annual Fancy Touch rugby Championship!!
Fancy Touch is a fun Touch Rugby championship to raise money for the passing of young rugby players. Anyone can play, it's great fun for the whole family and its for a great cause.
Fancy Dress Touch Rugby Competition at Abbeydale Sports Ground, is helping to support young people between 14-35 to be checked for potential heart defects, followed by necessary treatment and recovery. The event raises money for Cardiac In The Young (CRY) who offer free heart scans for young people at local scanning events to help reduce the number of sudden deaths in young people.
2020 will be the 4th year of Fancy Touch tournaments. over the years we have raised a total of nearly £11,000 for CRY, helping to fund 3 scanning days at Abbeydale Sports center so far. The money raised from the 2017 tournament helped to identify 6 young people in the Sheffield area with possible heart defects.
Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions and to raise awareness of this a Sheffield based charity is hosting its second charity event on 31st March 2018.
Fancy Touch was set up the event in 2017 following multiple losses from the Abbeydale rugby clubs in 2015 and 2016. With these losses in mind, we decided to find a way to honour these players, raise awareness and raise money. ‘Fancy Touch’ was born, to help ensure no one else has to go through the same pain of losing friends and family due to heart defects that could be avoided.
Sheffield local scanning days are organised by Elaine Ward, who has an overall memorial fund in the name of her son, Neil Ward, who passed away suddenly in 1992, aged 17. Elaine has been raising money through CRY in his name since 2014 and has organised 15 screenings so far, with over 1000 scans.