South West Regional Development details announced

England Touch has now adopted a regional selection policy with the future Elite players being selected firstly at regional level and then entering a two day tournament/Trial to select the England national sides which will be entering the European Championships to be held in Treviso, Italy in September 2012.

For more information on this check out the Regional Franchises page on the England Touch Association website.

The South West Saxons will be holding Touch development sessions on the following dates:

Sunday 8th January between 9-12

Sunday 15th January between 9-12

A ‘trial day’ will then take place on:
Sunday 22nd January where the Saxon squads will be selected to represent the region.

Players and triallists are reminded that should they not attend the trials or subsequent training they will not be selected regardless of skill or past experience. (Players with a valid reason for absence will be considered by South west coaches.)

These events are open to both men and women wishing to be considered for selection.

Venue :

Yate International Accademy
Sundridge Park
Yate
BS37 4DX

Any questions or queries contact us via our regional email address:southwesttouch@englandtouch.org.uk

South East #1 announces Regional Development Days

England Touch have announced ‘The Nationals’ 2012, a new Touch competition which brings together Men’s and Women’s sides from 7 regional areas of the UK together for a weekend competition on 21st and 22nd April at Lilleshall National Sports Centre. This new weekend competition will form the basis of England National Squad selections for Open and 30s sides for the European Champs 2012 in Italy.

If you would like to train and play with some of the best touch players in the UK and be considered to be part of the South East regional squad (including London, Kent, Hampshire, Sussex & Essex counties)  England Touch will be holding 2 regional trial dates at King Georges Park, Wandsworth, London, SW18 4GB on Sunday January 8 (10am to 1pm) and Sunday January 15 2012 (12pm to 3pm) – please attend one session as a minimum.

To register your interest to attend please contact Chris Garland at southeasttouch1@englandtouch.org.uk

http://www.englandtouch.org.uk/index.php/elite-squad/regional-franchises/south-east-1/

Calling all aspiring Referees

Manchester Chargers in are hosting a Level 1 Referee Course, being run by England Touch’s: Bruce Lockie.

When: Saturday 3rd December
Where: Wright Robinson Sport College, Abbey Hey Lane, Abbey Hey, Manchester, M18 8RL
Time: 1pm start, the course approximately 3hours, which is both classroom based theory and practical assessment.
Cost: £ 20pp. This includes course material, presenter, assessment and badge.

If you’d like a place on the course, please email manchesterchargers@hotmail.co.uk, to book a place or to find out more info.

North East Development Day success

The first North East Touch Development Session was held on Sunday 13th November 2011.  The session, lead by Ian Moody and Lesley McCallion, was well attended by men and women, experienced and novice players. Coaching focused on improving basic skills and game sense with significant improvements being seen throughout the day in both individual skills and team work and tactics.

The North East are planning to hold more development sessions in the coming weeks; dates, times and locations are yet to be decided and we’re keen to move the sessions about the region to engage as many potential players as possible.

For further information about NE Regional development sessions, please contact Lesley McCallion – NorthEastTouch@EnglandTouch.org.uk

Chargers Annual Comp

Due to popular demand, Manchester Chargers are again running their Annual (3rd) ‘Invitational Touch Tournament’.

This will tie in nicely for those regional teams to have some good competition before heading towards the nationals in April.

When: Saturday 25th February 2012
Where: William Hulme School, Manchester
Time: 9:30 Start
Format: Mens, Womens and Social Mixed
Cost: £150
Entry Form: Please click here to download

n.b. this is not limited to regional teams!

For any more information at this stage, please email manchesterchargers@hotmail.co.uk

Affiliation : Growing your sport, together

The aim of England Touch is to develop the sport & ensure people get the most out of it.

In order to do this effectively there needs to be agreed and maintained rules, standards and principles of operation.  With this in place England Touch can control and administer the game across the country.  England Touch provide a range of activities and services for local venues, including referee training, coaching courses, insurance, website promotion and technical advice.

England Touch also organise national touch competitions, the N.T.S. (National Touch Series) & the S.T.S. (Social Touch Series) as well as administering regional and international representative side.  Affiliation gives your teams and players access to all of these. As an individual player, at whatever level you play, there are opportunities to benefit from playing in affiliated leagues.

England Touch require members to play and operate according to F.I.T. rules and regulations, this uniformity is essential to the development of one, unified sport there are potentially many variations of touch that could exist, when you participate in an England Touch affiliated league or competition you know that they will be operating under F.I.T. rules and the sport will be the same.  For your players it is crucial to know that the game you are playing is going to be the same product at every location and affiliation ensures this is the case.

Finally, and an important point to consider, is that by becoming a member of England Touch, you are England Touch. You have voting rights you can use to have your say in how England Touch is run and you can help progress the development of the sport.  There are many opportunities to get involved in everything the England Touch does and to assist with the administration of the sport in England. England Touch is run on a entirely voluntary basis and all volunteers are touch players, organisers who want to develop the sport.

Find out more about the simple process and much more by clicking here.

Quick links: The benefits and also your FAQs answered

 

Midlands announce 2 development days

When: Sunday 27th November
Where: Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Clifton, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
Time: 10:00 – 14:00

When: Sunday 4th December
Where: Cambridge, Comberton Village College, West Street Comberton, Cambridge CB23 7DU
Time: 12:00- 16:00

More info here: http://www.englandtouch.org.uk/index.php/elite-squad/regional-franchises/midlands/

Charging to the Oxford title

Oxford promised fireworks with their Bonfire Tournament at the weekend, but no one could have anticipated such a nailbiting finish to such a great day’s play.

Despite the 9.30am start the floodlights were on as the final continued into darkness between the Manchester Chargers and Geezers. With the teams all square at full-time, a drop-off got underway, and still neither team gave anything away.

Eventually, with the teams playing just three-a-side there was a break from the Chargers and they took the title.

The final reflected the day’s good-spirited play between teams from throughout the UK, and even some Swiss friends!

Special thanks went to the day’s refs, who worked throughout the day.

For full details and scores from the day click here

See the Chargers pages for their write up.

Map for the Regions revealed

The map detailing the new Regions ahead of next year’s Nationals competition has been unveiled. Each region is planning Trials and Development Days for their Regional squads. We will endeavour to keep you updated with all developments as they happen.

See the new Regional button above for all the latest news and developments.

North East Regional Touch date announced

The North East Regional Touch trials are being held on November 13th.

Full details here