Chargers Comp Kickstarts the Season

Due to popular demand, Manchester Chargers again ran their Annual (3rd) ‘Invitational Touch Tournament’. It was the biggest and best yet, even if they do say so themselves! Teams travelled from as far away as Switzerland and Spain to be part of what they’re calling ‘The Biggest Club Touch Tournament in Europe“, even the Manchester weather played on their side!

The event tied in nicely for the newly created regional teams to have some good competition before heading towards the nationals in April. A Social Mixed competition ran along side the Men’s and Women’s comp too, so there was something for everyone!

There was some great dynamic and skilful Touch on display in the men’s, women’s and mixed competitions and the numerous nail-biting drop-offs ramped up the excitement too!


Men’s Division

Women’s Division

Mixed Division

Thanks to the University of Huddersfield Physiotherapy department for being on hand and for your hard work and professionalism. All involved in the competition have commented on how invaluable your service were to both the players and the referees. We hope that you enjoyed the day and that it proved to be good experience for your students physiotherapy training.

Head to the Chargers website for results and more photos…

n.b. All photos courtesy of


Dear ETA members:

Due to a number of outstanding items from the 2011 AGM, the ETA will be holding a short SGM (special general meeting) after the Manchester Chargers tournament on Saturday 25th Feb.  Venue will be The Woodstock Pub, Didsbury (M20 2DY) and time approx 17.30 (post Wales v England 6 Nations game).

Please find below links to the relevant documents and also the agenda (These have been emailed to all members prior to this web posting).  Please read all docs carefully and come prepared to discuss any agenda item you are actioned against (or provide input prior to the meeting to a nominated deputy).

We will be voting on amendments to the constitution in this meeting so please remember that if you would like your vote to be used by a proxy on your behalf you MUST let me know in writing prior to the commencement of the meeting otherwise your proxy vote CANNOT be counted.

Constitution v3.3
Terms of Reference v1
Election of Office v1


ETA Secretary

Referees Update – February

Hi everyone,

I hope the new year is progressing well for you and you haven’t given up on all your new years resolutions just yet!

Apologies to anyone who has sent an email through – the England Touch Email system decided it didn’t want to play anymore.  If you have sent any emails to anyone with an England Touch email address and you haven’t had a response, please send the email again as they are now back up and running again.  Particularly if you have sent me an email which I haven’t replied, do send it again and I’ll reply I promise!

Some things of interest for you all:

In2Touch Winter Season kicks off

As some of you may know, the 2012 Winter League (Season 1) gets underway very soon and are on the lookout for more referees.

League details:

o Venue – King George’s Park, Putney/Wandsworth (London)
o When – Games are held on SUNDAYS and the 8-WEEK season STARTS NEXT WEEKEND (season dates: 19/2, 26/2, 4/3, 11/3, 18/3, 25/3, 1/4, 8/4).
o Time – Games are held at 2pm-2:45; 2:50pm-3:35pm; and 3:40pm-4:25pm
o Divisions – Mens, Womens and Mixed
o Expenses – paid per game and a bonus if committing to the entire 8 week season
o More info:

To register your interest to referee the 2012 Winter League (Season 1), please let Simon at In2Touch know.  Please contact:INFO@IN2TOUCH.COM,, or alternatively

If you have any queries or need any more information, please contact In2Touch on INFO@IN2TOUCH.COM

Manchester Chargers 3rd Annual Invitational Touch Tournament

o When – Saturday 25th February
o Venue – William Hulme School, Manchester
o Time – 9:30am start
o Divisions – Mens, Womens and Mixed
o Expenses – up to £50
o 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 contact:, or

England Touch Nationals Competition

o When – Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd April – 2 day competition
o Venue – Lilleshall
o Time – tba
o Divisions – Men’s and Women’s
o Expenses – tba
o Accommodation – tba
o More info:

To register your interest to referee at the tournament that is to be used to select the England Squad for Euro’s 2012, please let me know.  I’d like to encourage all referees wanting to attend the Euro’s to make yourself available for this event as we will look to use this as a referee training camp as early preparation.  It is looking to be a good standard as all players want selection and it will be a great way to build the referee team as it is over two days. Please contact:,

In2Touch London Champs (Rugby Rocks Festival)

o When -Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May – 2 day competition
o Saturday 26th May – Mens and Women’s Open
o Sunday 27th May – Mixed Social
o Venue – Rugby Rocks, Richmond
o Time – tba
o Divisions – Mens, Womens and Social Mixed
o Expenses – £50 for Saturday; £40 for Sunday (as less games) or £100 for both Saturday and Sunday
o Extras – Referees will receive – food, drink and a free ticket to the Rugby Rocks Festival
o More info:

To register your interest to referee at the In2Touch London Champs, please let Mike at In2Touch know.  Please contact:INFO@IN2TOUCH.COM,, or alternatively

If you have any queries or need any more information, please contact In2Touch on INFO@IN2TOUCH.COM

2012 European Championships – Referee EOIs

Please see this memo for your information to all referees inviting expressions of interest to officiate at the 2012 European Touch Championships.  This has now closed, however if you are interested and you didn’t get a chance to register your expression of interest, then please email me –

EFT – European Federation of Touch emailwebfacebooktwitter

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.

For further information about anything listed above or seen on the ETA website, please 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

Calling all Level 1 referee’s

We have permission to hold a Level 2 Referee course which is fantastic news!

This is being run by two great referees both Black Badges and I would encourage all who are looking for upgrades to Level 2 this year to attend this. There hasn’t been a Level 2 for a little while and this is a great training and development opportunity.  This is purposefully being held before the England Nationals Competition, all NTS dates and the Euro’s.

Please read the blurb from the ETA website regarding the course:

Level Two
Ideally interested people will have attended and passed the Level 1 course before attending a Level 2 course. Also referees will need to have done a season of refereeing prior to the course. This is a full one day course and will consist of a presentation, interactive sessions, theory & practical assessment (either that day or at a later stage). Those who pass the course will receive a European Level 2 certificate and badge.

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.

Touch Europe Kit

If anyone would like to order any European Referee kit (off-field yellow shirt and blue shorts) that is being used as uniform for all tournaments in England and in Europe.  Please see the below files and send through an order form.
Touch Europe Kit Design
Touch Europe Kit Order Form
Sizing Chart

And Finally

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

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Thanks for taking the time to read and update the contact details section! We do appreciate it.

The Nationals are coming!

Squads around England are being selected as players prepare themselves to represent their region in the first ever England Touch Nationals competition.

Played in the excellent Lilleshall surroundings on the weekend of April 21/22 the Touch Nationals will be the first time England Touch has attempted to select an England squad in such a way.

The top performing players at the Touch Nationals will not only make their regional team proud, but will also stand a good chance of representing their country in the European Championships, being held in Italy in September.

Disciplinary and Advisory Panel

England Touch have formed a ‘Disciplinary and Advisory Panel’ for any future matters which might arise. Currently squads and teams are very player led often with a variety of behaviours, rules and activities which are non ETA sanctioned and often passing un-challenged.

To this end, we have put together a panel of senior England players / committee members, so that any serious issues can be resolved independently.

We are trying to move England Touch away from it’s traditional roots of being a group in which no-one answers to anyone.

Any decisions made by the panel about players, coaches, squads etc will be supported by ETA as a whole through the proper channels.

We will be formulating the disciplinary process formally and have a system in place for April when teams are selected.

The panel consists of:

  1. Caroline Evans-Jones
  2. Carly Heselwood
  3. Carle Skein
  4. Jeremy How
  • Technical Director (Paul Farrington) – Casting vote if required


England Touch

2013 FIT World Club Touch Tournament – USA

FIT is undertaking preliminary planning for the 2013 FIT World Club Touch Tournament to be delivered in the USA in October.

Hosted by Touch USA, supported by Disney, ESPN and Wide World of Sports, with a flexible package including accommodation, internal transport, etc that will be very reasonable.  The location is the Disney Sports Water Park which would be set up with 10 x Touch playing fields. The Disney Sports Group are seeking indicative numbers and FIT are seeking our (England Touch Clubs) response (without commitment) as to whether clubs from your country would likely participate – any how many?

Look here for more info on venue:

The Disney Group have a sliding scale with regards to facility cost and the number of participants. This is the matrix:

Packages Sold Facility Rental Fee
0 – 99 $30,000+ Applicable Taxes
100 – 199 $26,000+ Applicable Taxes
200 – 299 $22,000+ Applicable Taxes
300 – 399 $18,000+ Applicable Taxes
400 – 499 $14,000+ Applicable Taxes
500 – 599 $10,000+ Applicable Taxes
600 – 699 $7,500+ Applicable Taxes
700+ *$0

*Should the event attract 700 participants there would be no facility cost.

FIT will shortly develop a more comprehensive survey on the event, however they seek your urgent indication at this time – in the next few days – as to our potential support for such an event and whether you believe our club teams would be interested in participating.

Please comment below if your club would be interested.