Referee update for January

Hi everyone,

Happy new year!!  I hope you are all looking forward to the year ahead.

Just a quick note on a couple of thing.

ETA Referee Planner 2012:

This is now available on the ETA website and will be updated regularly so please use this planner to keep up to date with all England events.

2012 Tournaments and Touch Events requiring referees:

Touch referees are always in high demand and 2012 is looking to prove no different.

Manchester Chargers 3rd Annual Invitational Touch Tournament

When – Saturday 25th February
Venue – William Hulme School, Manchester
Time – 9:30am start
Divisions – Mens, Womens and Mixed
Expenses – upto£50
More info:

To register your interest to referee at the first touch tournament of the year, please let me know as it’ll be a great way to start the season.  Please, or

2012 European Championships – Referee EOIs

Please contact Shelley for information about referees inviting expressions of interest to officiate at the 2012 European Touch Championships.  Expressions of interest must be registered by 31st January 2012 – please do not delay in responding.  If you have any questions regarding refereeing at the Euro’s – please get in contact.

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2012 National Touch Series Dates:

  • NTS 1 – May 12th
  • NTS 2 – June 19th
  • NTS 3 – June 30th
  • NTS 4 – July 14th

2012 Challenge Touch Series Dates:

  • NTS 1 – April 14th
  • NTS 2 – May 19th
  • NTS 3 – June 16th
  • NTS 4 – July 7th


  • Lilleshall – July 28th

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the news on the ETA website regarding the changes to the format of the National Touch Series (NTS) and the introduction of the Challenge Touch Series, please check it out.


We are looking for referee’s for help at the following training sessions:

February 2012:
Sunday 12th February – South East London 1 & 2 Compulsory Training – Venue to be confirmed

March 2012:
Sunday 4th March – South East London 1 & 2 Compulsory Training – Venue to be confirmed

For further information contact

All referees are welcome to attend any of these events, we’d love to have as many of you as possible on board especially so early in the season.

Referee Courses

We are looking at holding referee courses in the following locations and we will keep you updated on dates:

  • Level 1: March 2012 (venue to be confirmed) – LONDON
  • Level 1: April 2012 (exact date and venue to be confirmed) – BRISTOL
  • Level 1: (exact date and venue to be confirmed) – CAMBRIDGE
  • Level 1: (exact date and venue to be confirmed) – NORFOLK
  • Level 2: Proposed – April 2012 – BRISTOL

To register your interest in attending any of these courses, please let me know (

We also have a supply of Acme Thunderer 58.5 Whistles and wrist straps available for sale at courses, tournaments and by emailing me if you’d like one.

Let’s make 2012 the referee’s season, so get involved and help us to build our referee team for the year ahead.

Shelley Grace

National Director of Referees
England Touch Association


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South West Saxons final trial this Sunday

The South West region over the past several months have been holding development days,encouraging players to develop their game and promoting the sport with the aim of increasing the overall knowledge base of the regions players.

We are looking for the players who have the qualities to repersent the South West Saxons at the National Tournument in April 2012.

The South West would like to announce that on Sunday January 22nd the FINAL trial will be held and a squad will be selected from this trial,we encourage players from the region to attend as failure to do so will result in non selection and inevitabily non selection for the national side.


The trials will be held at

Yate International Academy

Sundridge Park



BS37 4DX

The trials begin at 0900 and finish at 1500, we ask that players bring a passport size photo to the trial (will not be returned) to aid selectors in the identifaction and registration process. There will also be a charge of £3 per person to cover expenses.

We wish all trialists Good Luck and look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

South West Coaching Team.

Make a regional day for a chance to join England team

Players are being reminded that in order to be selected for Open or 30s teams they MUST compete in regionals and if they can’t or are not selected they need to contact the High Performance team for discussions.

‘Wildcats’ West Region Development Day – January 21

The next ‘Wildcats’ West Region Development Day is on January 21st at the home of Oxford Touch at Gosford All Blacks, Stratfield Brake, Freize Way, Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX5 1UP. If you are interested in attending and have not already expressed an interest, please email

The day will run from 10am – 3pm.

SPORTTAPE backs England Touch: 20% discount deal

SPORTTAPE is the official tape supplier to the England Touch Association (ETA) elite squads.  A 20% discount deal for any ETA club members and ETA affiliated players exists.

Use discount code ETA20 on the website  This discount can be claimed by all members/followers of  the ETA.

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