The Great Ramondoes and The Bees win Nottingham Social Comp

England Touch trialist and Nottingham Rugby Chief Executive Simon Beatham’s side, “The Great Ramondoes”, took the men’s trophy at the Nottingham Social Touch competition on Saturday 16th July, with local league side, “The Bees” taking the mixed honours. The tournament was organised by Chris Simon of Perfect Motion as part of the Testimonial Year for two Nottingham Rugby stalwarts – David Jackson (Jacko) and Neil Fowkes (Fowkesy), with proceeds going to the local charity Balls to Poverty. Beatham’s ‘Great Ramondoes’, named after one of the players, beat Jacko’s ‘Team Too Ripped’ (clad in figure-hugging orange and grey lyrca) 6-5 in the semi-finals, and Fowkesy’s ‘Team Dave’ 3-2 after a drop off in the final.

In the mixed competition, The Bees held off a Black Ops fight-back (featuring England Men’s Open player Rohan Lee) in the semi’s to win 8-7, before edging out Here Comes the Boom 5-4 in the final. The mixed comp featured double-score rules for touchdown’s by female players to try encourage rugby clubs moving the ball about a bit more! It seemed to go down well and Perfect Motion are looking at doing a similar thing in the forthcoming Beach Touch to be held in Nottingham’s Market Square on Tuesday evenings over the summer.

Commenting on the day, organiser Chris Simon said: “The day was a great success, raising an estimated £1,200 for Jacko and Fowkesy’s Testimonial Fund. We had 14 teams in all, with a good mix of regular teams playing in our Perfect Motion leagues and some newcomers featuring a mix of Nottingham players, supporters and hangers on. Several of Nottingham’s full-time first teamers played a part, with skipper Craig Hammond and USA’s Tim Usaz amongst the big names. Feedback has been excellent and we have already been approached to run a similar event for Nottingham High School on Saturday 10th September. They have some fantastic facilities, with possibly the best pitches we could ever hope to play touch on and we’re hoping to get a similar mix of players, but would also welcome any social touring teams who fancy a weekend in Nottingham!, for further information visit:”

Warwick – Summer Touch Fest

Entries are now open for the Warwick Summer Touch Fest 2011

When: Saturday, August 13th.
Where: Warwickians Rugby Club in Hampton Road, Warwick, CV35 8HA
Cost: £60 per team without a referee, or £40 per team with a referee.
Format: All teams should be mixed, with a minimum of two women on the field of play at all times.
Entry: Please send confirmation of entry to – all payment will be taken on the day. There has been significant interest so far and to allow us to schedule the day we ask that you get your team entry details to us by Friday, August 5, (a confirmation email and team name please).
Contact: Any queries please contact Jack on 07805 408794 or Laura on 07905 007061

Other: Camping is available at £5 per tent at the club, with showers and changing facilities. There will be a captain’s briefing at 9.30am and games will be played from 10am and we aim to complete all games by 2.30pm, where we will then retire to the clubhouse to watch Wales v England rugby union clash at the Millennium Stadium. This will be followed by a social evening.

All games will be played to FIT rules.

Any individual players who want to play, please get in touch with us, you are more than welcome, we will be putting together an ‘all stars/barbarian’ team.

Warwick Knights

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2011 European Club Championships

The inaugural Federation of International Touch 2011 European Club Touch Championships (ECTC2011)

Where: Benetton Fields, La Ghirada, Treviso, Italy
When: 23 – 25 September 2011.
Categories: Mixed Open (MXO); and Men’s 35 (M35)

Contact Details:


European Member countries are invited to encourage affiliated Clubs to participate in the tournament with the objective to identify the inaugural 2011 European Champion Club Team.

Briefing and entry forms here:

EUCTC2011 Team Entry Form_Blank (19-07-11)

Brief No 2 EUCTC2011 Club Championships (19-07-11)

Touch Tournament – Ireland

The Annual Dublin Mixed One-day tournament is confirmed:

When: Saturday 13th August
Where: Terenure College
Format: Men’s and Mixed sections. Official referees provided.
Cost: EUR 250 per team for up to 12 players. EUR 10 for every additional player. This covers the tournament entry fee plus lunch voucher on the day.

Registations are open! Get in early and register as soon as possible. Register your team/s or yourself as an individual online today.

Travelling Teams: Teams travelling from outside of Dublin should contact us for recommended flight, accomodation and transport information.

Prizegiving Ceremony: The prizegiving award ceremony will be held in D|TWO, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2. Complimentary food platters will be provided for players. Included in the prizes are: Cup winners, Bowl winners, Plate winners, Friendliest Team.  Bar tabs on top of prizes to be won.

Referees: We will be looking at subsidising/covering travel, accommodation and lunch to referees.  All referees who would like to get involved, please contact us

Feel free to forward this info onto others. More details will be sent out closer to the time.

Yours in Touch,
Touch Dublin

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Halton’s Charity Touch event – Huge success

Halton Touch (in Widnes) hosted their 1st Charity Touch tournament on Saturday with resounding success.

6 teams from across the country competed in a fun day of Touch. Percy Park Pirates, North Wales Touch, Manchester Chargers, Halton Touch, Lymm and Champion.

Halton Touch are a new and up and coming Northwest Club, being headed up by past England Touch representatives Piula Tuiono. Following his return from his homeland of Tonga, Piula has been a driving force in the Widnes area, getting together a team of Touch players, young and old, back in to the game. More than 4 ex England Touch players are now back in the club and playing/training with the hope to be playing NTS standard by next summer.

There was a wide range of tlents playing in the social charity comp and was great to see all the teams playing in the right spirit of the day event too.

Ireland and England Internationals playing along side each other.

Halton spokesperson said “We decided to have the tournament after speaking about Lesley McCallion (England Touch Representative) about her previous year’s turmoil as well as hearing about other former team mate Rob Bowdens wife’s diagnosis. Even though the weather wasn’t the best, I was pleased that everyone turn up with the attitude of enjoying themselves.
Special thanks to Ian Moody (Newcastle), Pam Tomlinson, Gareth Hill (Wrexham), Ste Melling (Wigan) and the John Peet (Chargers) for reffing . We can’t thank them enough”

There were 3 finals after a 6 team round robin. Lymm beat North Wales 3-2 for the Shield. Lymm are a brand new so I was please with the way they improved during the tournament. What a way to win their first game!

Percy park beat Halton for the plate. It was level at full time , then the game went to a tense drop off scenario. It went down to 3 players each, when the Pirates had a penalty awarded for Halton having too many men on, they beat us 3-2.

The Cup Final was a close run game between Manchester Chargers and local Touch team ‘Champion’, coached by Ex England Touch player/coach Steve Melling and comprising of current England stars Ryan Miemczyk and Jeff Bimson. Champion run out 3-2 winners to win the trophy.

Lesley McCallion added “The Pirates really enjoyed our games at the Halton tournament, it was well worth the journey down to Widnes from Newcastle.  We were delighted to take the plate back to Percy Park with us and to have supported such a good cause.  Well done to Halton on the £750 raised for Cancer Research UK.

Halton Touch would like to thank team managers, refs and everyone who played in the Charity Tournament. They raised £750 for Cancer Research UK.

The Teams

Touch Tournament in Vienna (Mens and Womens, no mixed)

Where: Vienna, Austria
When: Saturday 10 Sept
Mens (5-8 teams) and Womens (5-8 teams expected)
Standard: Intermediate / development  
EUR25 per person (includes a meal, and light food during the day)
Games: Min 4, probably 5 in the day (24mins long)
Contact: Brett (

Half teams/squads would also be welcomed. I’m sure we could top it up or combine it with another.

In Austria, we always get support from our neighbours, but for development we are always looking for fresh faces to play against. A major goal is especially womens development and we will use this tournament as practice for the Euros in Italy next summer.

Photos from last tournament:

North East Touch Events

Percy Park Pirates are running a Touch event, find all the details you need below.

Mixed 30s Comp

When: Saturday 1st October 2011 : 10.30am Registration
Where: Percy Park RFC, North Shields, NE30 2BS
Cost: £80 per team with Ref, £100 per team without Ref
Contact: Lesley Mc : 07816 220167
(4:2 ratio, bonus points for playing 3:3)
Click here for Flyer: Newcastle_MX30 2011

Entry Form: SeniorMixed2011 Entry Form

For the event:
• Camping on-site (toilet/shower facilities available) @ £5 per person
• Bar, BBQ, Facilities open throughout the day
• Please forward on to anyone you think might be interested.

Charity Social Mixed Touch Tournament

Halton Charity Mixed Tournament

Saturday 16th July
0930 – Squad registration
1000 – Brief. Team managers should report to control for introductions and briefing.
1030 – Match programme begins

Parklands Club, Chaple Lane, Widnes, WA8 4N

Changing facilities are limited: Please be prepare to come changed and ready to play, or prepare to use the facilities provided and move on.

Showers: These will be available on a limited basis from 14:00.

Food: Food and drink will be available to buy all day. No BYOB

Entertainment: We are having a race night in the club house (1930 – late).

Presentation: These will commence 45 minutes after the final game.

Cost: £80.00 per team. All proceeds are going to Cancer Research UK.
Other: Longest pass and dump and scoop during lunch. The race night start at 1930 – 2300.

For more info: Please contact Piula: OR 07564 336 332

The TWC Physio Team

6am starts, thousands of pounds worth of tape and 30 bags of ice became the daily routine for the 8 Physiotherapists and the Osteopath that made up the medical team for the Team England Squad during the 2011 Touch World Cup in Edinburgh.

The Team, lead by Physiotherapist Scott Smith, consisted of volunteers from Australia, Ireland, Canada and England, recruited to ensure that the 128 players making up the England squad, were in the best possible condition for their gruelling games over the 5 day tournament.

Each volunteer was assigned to a specific team to cover pitch side, however it was soon realised that one physiotherapist per team was not sufficient, after a succession of quite serious injuries!

Emma Crawford, M35 Physiotherapist commented:
“When telling my peers that I was going to be part of the England Squad physiotherapists, the comments soon came that it would be a doddle covering a non contact sport… How wrong could they be!”

Two cases of rib fractures, a fractured wrist, numerous whiplashes and a concussion later the team soon identified that as the pools games finished, the semis and finals came thick and fast, there was added pressure on the players and consequently on the medical team and the physio’s doubled up pitch side.

Thankfully the majority of the injuries that the team treated were ligament sprains and muscle strains. However the biggest test for the team was patching up these injuries, which under normal circumstances would require rest to heal, in order to allow the players to get back on the field.

The team had a good mix of skills and therefore a wide range of treatments were utilised including acupuncture, massage, manipulations and good old taping/strapping techniques. The team worked well together and everyone felt that they left at the end of the week having learnt something new.

However, it wasn’t all work and no play for the team…

Lee Ann Clarke, M40 physiotherapist stated: “It’s very important as a physiotherapist to ensure that you maintain your clinical professional development. My time in Edinburgh certainly enabled me to do that in a very enjoyable way”

David Vaux, MO Osteopath added: “My cheeks were aching at the end of every day. I haven’t laughed that much in ages!”

The camaraderie amongst all the team members was evident by all the players entering the Team England Physiotherapy tent. There was excellent clinical experience available in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The England Physio team was also selected to do the pitch-side work or the Europe V’s Rest of the World.

So as the players of the England Squad brought home a gold, silver and bronze medal at the end of a long and exciting world cup, it should not be forgotten of the great work that the medical team volunteers undertook in order to help Team England reach their goals.

The medical team made some excellent friendships and hope to be able to meet up again to support England in their European Championship hopes.

A huge thankyou to Scott for keeping the girls, (and Cameron and David) in order! See you in Italy!

(Written by Emma Knott Msc, MCSP)

Europe V’s Rest of the World

During the Touch World Cup in Edinburgh, EUROPE played against an F.I.T. Rest of the World selection

Supported by Scott Hastings,  international rugby player, 65 caps for Scotland, and lead by the Irish Christina Tuataga, european champion, the european squad was defeated by Rest of the World Selection 5 to 4.
Under Europe en Sport initiative and collaboration with the F.I.T. and organizers, this historical european team selected England’s very own Perry Jansen and Clare Gregor.