Cambridge Social Touch Comp – CANCELLED

Unfortunately due to lack of entries, the Cambridge Social Touch comp has been cancelled.

In2Touch – Rugby World Cup

This years ‘In2Touch – Rugby World Cup’ will this year take place on Saturday 17th September at King Georges Park, Wandsworth.

Arguably one of the most social and fun competitions on the touch calendar, each team will be allocated a team from the 2011 Rugby World Cup and will receive a free set of 10 playing commemorative shirts of the country that they are allocated.

Fancy dress in the country each team is playing as, is HIGHLY recommended as there are spot prizes for best dressed team, best spectators, most elaborate try celebration etc.

To enter go to www.in2touch.com/uk

London NTS – Open for Entry

The 2011 London NTS takes places at Kings Georges Park, Wandsworth on Saturday 9th July from 9:30am. There are only a limited number of spaces available and you can enter by going to www.in2touch.com/uk to register.

The entry cost has been kept the same as last year at £180.

The after party will be at GJ’s Pub in Garrat Lane, Wandsworth a 5 minute walk from the fields and there will be an optional fancy dress theme to accompany the festivities.

Lilleshall NSC host Elite Squads final WC prep!

In the final run up to the World Cup, the 8 England Elite squads headed to Lilleshall National Sports Centre to put the finishing touches to their pre World Cup campaign as the culmination of the last 10 months of hard training. Set in quite spectacular and secluded surroundings, Lilleshall is a flagship training centre and an award-winning National Centre of Excellence for many of the UK’s top sportsmen and women and England Touch are now a proud part of this fabulous set-up.

The residential weekend was all part of the ‘Team England’ squad plans that we’ve been working on this season and the players and coaches alike were all very impressed with the facilities on offer and treatment they received.

Mike Abromowitz, High Performance Director said ‘ It was fantastic for all the teams to train together at a venue like Lilleshall and experience the world class facilities on offer there. All the teams have come on leaps and bounds since the 2010 European Championships and it was really encouraging from a Team England perspective to see so many players interacting with their fellow squad members from other teams’

Blair MacGillivray, Contracts Director for the National Sports Centres added: ‘Lilleshall National Sports Centre is delighted that England Touch chose to stay and play here in June in preparation for the Touch World Cup and we wish them every success in the tournament and look forward to hosting and supporting  them in the future’.

Following a demanding ‘off season’ training programme, England Touch have the maximum of 8 national squads selected for the tournament: 3 open age group teams, 3 senior teams and 2 men’s masters teams, which will compete against 28 countries at the 7th Touch World Cup to be hosted at Peffermill Sports Ground in Edinburgh on 20-26 June.

Dave Woolley, EMO coach finished with this inspirational message: “A quote that has guided the Men’s Open coaching team during their preparations for the Touch World Cup is one from the legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi. He is said to have told his Green Bay Packers team ‘Gentlemen, we will chase perfection, and we will chase it relentlessly, knowing all the while we can never attain it. But along the way, we shall catch excellence.’ Our training weekend in Lilleshall highlighted that representing our country at a World Cup is an opportunity that only a fraction of one percent of the population of the world will ever have. It is my hope for all England teams that collectively and individually we relentlessly attack this opportunity with passion and enthusiasm – and that as we do so we attain excellence.”

England Touch are more prepared than ever for the forthcoming World Cup and hope to put in their best ever performance… Go Team England!

In memory of Lucas Von Hoff

It is with deep sadness and regret that England Touch has to announce that Lucas Von Hoff passed away in London late Saturday morning.

Lucas led the way for the development of referees in and around Europe and his tragic loss will be felt by many players, referees and organisers.

A memorial page has been set up on facebook if you want to contribute your thoughts http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002465623557&sk=wall

Lucas was a great contributor to Touch in his role as FIT Director of Referees and Europe’s no.1 ref. He had put a huge amount of effort into getting the Touch Europe referees ready for the Touch World Cup 2011 and the event organisers intend to formally commemorate Lucas at the event.

A transcript of the eulogy given about Lucas at evening chapel on Sunday night at Fettes College is available here:
http://limpingtowardsthesunrise.wordpress.com/2011/06/12/lucas-von-hoff-rip/

All of us fortunate enough to know him will have our own memories of Lucas. Our thoughts are with his family at this time. He will be sadly missed.

RIP Lucas.

London Touch Champs

The London Touch Champs were held on 4th June at Old Deer Park, Richmond. The event was part of the London 10s and RugbyRocks 7s, with bars, food and live music.

21 teams attended, competing in Men’s, Women’s and Mixed categories. A number of elite international teams also used the event as final preparations for Touch World Cup.

In the Men’s Division, Galaxy Touch beat Touch Ecosse 2-1 in the Final.
The Women’s Final was contested between Sjank Mama’s against Scotland, which saw the Mama’s win 1-0.

The Mixed event was a social tournament, with no Superleague or International players. The Thames Valley Vikings took the honours with a 7-1 win over Misfits.

The organisers would like to thank every team for coming and hope to see you next year!