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Contents of this month are:

New Appointments
Getting involved
Plans are afoot at the Elite level
Round up of events

NTS Finals
University students keep the teams/refs together
Galaxy take Bath NTS Title
Warwick Touch’s first ever home tournament
New and Upcoming Events

North East Touch Event
Galaxy London Touch Tournament
Oxfords Bonfire Night Touch Comp
Canary Wharf – Touch Challenge

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Oxford’s Bonfire Night Tournament

When: November 5th
Where: Gosford Rugby Club, Oxford, OX5 1UP
Format: Mixed
Cost: £100

See poster below for more details:

High Performance Recruitment

England Touch’s High Performance team are looking to recruit a range of people to further their progression. Take a look at the job specifications for each of the roles below:

Head of Medical Team

National Squad CoachApplication form

Team Manager

Tour Manager(s)

If you are interested in applying for any of the roles please send an email stating such and detailing any relevant experience to:

Deadline for submission is 30th Sept 2011.

Please note: These roles are all voluntary, but some expenses may be paid in certain circumstances.

National Touch Series 2011


Those that came to Manchester’s Touch tournament in February will remember that the weather lived up to expectation, the heaven’s opened a torrential floodgate and the game of touch became more of a mud wrestling competition.  Well, when the Chargers discovered they would be hosting the final NTS tournament of 2011, the beginning of each training session was devoted to dancing to the weather gods, thankfully they listened…Just!

It was all to play for on the NTS finals. 16 teams made the journey to Wythenshawe Sports Ground, split into 4 pools. Alongside the NTS regulars was Warwick, a.k.a Jack’s Lads, team new to NTS, who entered as part of (a very energetic) stag do!  A great testament to how the game is growing.

Exciting fast touch was on display throughout the day, with some fantastic skill and athleticism on show, even Robbie Hunter–Paul, Rugby League Legend and Touch enthusiast, came to have a nosey at some of the action.

As with all the NTS the momentum was building towards the finals and the trophies were all to play for!

Social 8 Plate final,  host’s Manchester Chargers had a close fought battle with Oxford Touch who won the game 4 -3.

Phoenix and Statue Bro had finished with the same number of points in the group rounds, it was down to a tense final in the Social Division to separate them. It finished 4 – 3 to Statue bro, who lifted the Cup.

Bristol Fijians and Cambridge had both finished the Super 8’s group rounds in third place.  Cambridge had the edge in the Plate Final, winning 4 – 2.

The conclusion of the day, the game not only to become winners of Manchester NTS but potentially take the season title.  It was Galaxy versus Hot Custard. The competition was at a climax, crowds gathered to admire some of the skill and ability on display. Fast, furious and exciting, it was a fitting game to end the season. Galaxy were put under pressure by Hot Custard, but they eventually edged it 3 – 2, to be crowned Super 8 Cup winners and NTS Tournament winners 2011, with a huge 180 points accumulated through the season. Well Done!

Special thanks must go to the referees, helpers, organisers, photographer and physio team for making it a great end to the season.

And if you got in touch with your Neanderthal roots in Walkabout as the sun went down, remember what goes on tour….will be there for everyone to see on Facebook!

See the teams:

Huddersfield Physiotherapy students at NTS Finals

The University of Huddersfield continued to support the development of Touch by providing medical cover for the National Touch Series finals held in Manchester on Saturday 3rd September 2011, hosted by local touch team, Manchester Chargers.

The 6 physiotherapy students volunteered to provide medical cover for the 16 teams entered into the competition gaining valuable hands on experience in real time situations.

Supervised by Cari Thorpe, Clinical Associate Lecturer and Senior Lecturer Emma Knott (both part of the Team England 2011 Touch World Cup Physio team) the students provided advice, pre and post soft tissue massage, dealt with bloods and acute injuries for both the players and the referees during the day long competition. The students were a mixture of third year final students and new graduates and they worked in a professional and calm manner, especially in light of some of the more complex injuries they dealt with on the pitch-line.

The unique experience of pitch-line management allowed the students to develop their manual therapy skills, communication and decision making in high pressured situations that they might otherwise not get the opportunity to become involved in at this level of their training.

The relationship between The University of Huddersfield and both the England Touch Association and Manchester Chargers continues to grow from strength to strength and both parties benefit greatly from the partnership

There is always great interest from all the students when asked to volunteer for the competitions and it hoped that this partnership will grow further in the future.

Galaxy London Touch Tournament 2011

Where: London – Linford Christie Stadium
When: Saturday 15th Oct
Mens, Womens and Mixed divisions
Cost: £180 (includes lunch and water)

See Poster below for more details

New Appointments

England Touch Association would like to give a very big thank you to those who attended and voted at the recent SGM.  Congratulations go to newly appointed:

  • Gregg Cropper (President);
  • Mike Roa (Vice President);
  • Paul Farrington (Technical Director);
  • Chris Simon (Statutory Director).

Other appointments to the operational board:

  • Dante Germena (HP director);
  • Jack Linstead (PR/Marketing);
  • Julie Walker (Secretary);

A very big thank you goes to the outgoing committee for all their hard work and to our past president Clare Gregor. We hope you all support the new committee in their work to continue the development of Touch in England.

We have a variety of areas open for you to get involved in: these include (but are not limited to) various development roles within the sport (especially in key areas of Youth, young Adults, Women’s and Regional development), roles within the High Performance team (including coaches and team managers) and also administrative roles within the PR/Marketing Teams and Finance Teams. Job descriptions and requirements will be available very soon, but please express your interests now.

If you would like to play a larger part please put together a brief description of your current relevant experience and how you would like to assist in developing England Touch.

Please send emails to:

Plans are afoot…

Post the 2011 Touch World Cup the High Performance function of England Touch has been under going a review and restructure.

The focus has been to look at what changes need to take place to help drive England Touch forward in the next few years. This reviews has included surveys sent out to all participants (coaches, players, managers, medical staff) that attended WC and discussions with players, coaches in England and overseas.

Whilst this review is not yet 100% complete, we can confirm that a new structure is going to be put in place around the national squad setup and there will be a greater focus on coach development. We are still waiting on a few surveys to come back in before we can conclude the new plans.

What we can confirm is that all coaching positions within the national setup are being considered open and will need to be applied for. All squads will be reselected and hence no players are guaranteed a position within any team. There will also be a new structure/process put in place for team selection. More information will be released shortly.

High Performance Team