Percy Park Pirates - About Us

Percy Park Pirates were established in 2002 and have been apart of Percy Park RFC since the beginning. We run Social Touch sessions every week and also enter a competitive side into the Challenge Touch series that is held around the country.

Touch is a semi contact version of rugby where instead of tackles you have 6 'touches' to score a touchdown. It's great for fitness, getting back into rugby and is a very sociable game. We welcome players of all ages and genders as well as any experience level.

We have a wide variety of playing opportunities from social sessions, internal competitive leagues and national tournaments right up to Regional Selection which can lead to International representation. Pirates are affiliated with England Touch which is the official Governing Body for Touch played to FIT rules.

Training Times

Our Season runs March to February
March - December sessions run every Thursday 7pm at Percy Park RFC.
Winter Break: Last session first Thursday in December till first week in February.
February - Venue TBC No sessions at Percy Park in February due to weather.
Player Registration: First Thursday in March.
Costs per session

2 FREE taster sessions for new players.
Guest Adult: £4.00
Guest Student: £3.00
Guest Junior: £2.00
Full membership discounts available and will be discussed on registration.

Pirates on track for International Selection

  • Published on Monday, 09 April 2018 16:27
  • Written by Erica

Pirates at England Training Camp 2018Pirates at England Training Camp 2018

This weekend saw 5 members of Percy Park Pirates attend the All England Training camp in Welbeck down near Loughborough for the final stages of their European Touch Championships campaign. The final squads of 16 players will be announced in the next week and we wish our players the best of luck on being selected.

Representing the women are Lesley McCallion and Aimee Findlay who hoping to make the final 16 of the England Women's 35s. Then we have Ian Moody and Julian Wilson who are waiting to hear of selection for the England Mens 45s squad. Paul Ainscough, usually a player within the M45s but currectly recovering from injury, has taken on the mantle of the M45s assistant coach, a guaranteed representative from Pirates.

Pirates are also hopeful for some of their youth players to make the England Junior Squads later in the year aiming to play in the Junior Touch Championships held in Stirling, Scotland during August.

The European Touch Championships are held in Nottingham this year from Tuesday 18th July to Saturday 21st July 2018. For more information about elite touch check out the following.
Eurpoean Touch Championships: 

Pirates win the Northern Cup!

  • Published on Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:06
  • Written by Erica

Northern Cup 2018 WinnersNorthern Cup 2018 Winners

Percy Park Pirates were victorious in taking home the silverware at the Touch Northern Cup held at Percy Park RFC on Saturday 24th March. The last time they got their hands on the silverware was at the inaugural tournment in 2016.

The Pirates team consisted of regular players Will Vickery, Christina Finlay, Lesley McCallion, Aimee Findlay, Ian Moody, Richard Moody and Gerard Hargreaves while welcoming 5 new players to the competitive team; Aisling O'Loghlen, Hester Williams, Paul Black, Dan McQuoid and Anthony Nolan. There were also a number of players from the Pirates in the Prickly Beards team; Anna Reeves, Jenny Johnstone, Erica Robertson, Tony Hegarty, Seamus McCallion, Adam Downie and Paul Hillcoat. Prickly Beards were a barbarian style team giving more chances for players to be scouted for the North East Raiders.

7 teams entered this year and the format was a round robin to give all teams the best amount of game time. The final standings looked like this:

1st: Percy Park Pirates
2nd: Manchester Chargers
3rd: Yorkshire Thorns
4th: Belfast Warriors
5th: Driffield Touch Rubgy
6th: Prickly Beards
7th: Catterick Touch Rugby

The Northern Cup is the North East's touch tournament held at Percy Park RFC every year by Erica Robertson and Paul Ainscough from Pirates. The aim of the tournament is to help touch teams in the north east network and develop their playing and refereeing standards as well as being a scouting opportunity for North Easy Radiers which is the county eqivilent for Touch.

Check out the photos here

Pirates represent at North East Raiders Development Session

  • Published on Monday, 27 November 2017 09:43
  • Written by Erica

North East Raiders Development Session - November 2017North East Raiders Development Session - November 2017This weekend saw 7 of our Pirates attend the North East Raiders development session held at the Colburn Leisure Centre in Catterick, the central hub for Touch in the North East.

North East Raiders are the county level equivilant for Touch with teams dedicated to open age and Masters with the hope to bring playing opportunites for U18s and U15s. developement sessions are aimed at offering a higher level of Touch coaching and referee development to all clubs in the region. Development sessions will continue into early 2018 then players will be scouted at the Touch Northern Cup held at Percy Park RFC.

If successful they will be invited to trial for the North East Radiers to represent the region at the Touch Nationals or Junior & Masters Nationals held in late 2018. 

Follow North East Radiers on Facebook more information and the upcoming sessions. 


Contact Us

Chairman: Tony Hegarty

Secretary: Erica Robertson

Treasurer: Aimee Findlay

Welfare: Jenny Johnstone

Percy Park RFC
Preston Avenue
North Sheilds
NE30 2BE


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