Referees update – March

Hello all,

There is a lot going on in the world of touch, especially as the spring season is just about to kick off in earnest.

Some things of interest for you all:

Referee Courses:

We are looking at holding referee courses in the following locations and we will keep you updated as new course dates are announced:

Level 1: Wednesday 4th April 2012 – READING

Start – 7pm
Cost – £10
Venue – Berkshire County Sports Club, Sonning Lane , Sonning, Reading RG4 6ST ( Thames Valley Vikings’ Home Ground).

Contact –

Level 2:  Sunday 15th April 2012 – READING

Start – 8:30am arrive for 9am start (this is a full day course)
Cost – £30
Address – Berkshire County Sports Club, Sonning Lane , Sonning, Reading RG4 6ST ( Thames Valley Vikings’ Home Ground).
Needed – Notebook, pen, gear to run around in and your whistle
More info – This course is the day after the CTS event.  We’d like to encourage referees wanting to attend this event to also attend the CTS on the Saturday.  Referee coaches will be present on Saturday to give coaching and feedback.
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.

2012 Tournaments and Touch Events:

Touch referees are always in high demand and 2012 is looking to prove no different, so get involved, meet some new people, get fit and have fun.

2012 Challenge Touch Series (CTS) # 1 – Thames Valley – Saturday 14th April

The first CTS of the season and it is going to be a good one.  Get on board, come along for a great day out and show your support.  Come to Reading to referee!
There will be two referee coaches present at this event so it will be a great opportunity to get some invaluable feedback and coaching from them no matter what your level.
Let me know if you are able to attend – we’d love to see as many of you there as possible!  Further details will be announced as they are confirmed by the organising committee.
In the mean time email me with any questions and to confirm your attendance.

England Touch Nationals Tournament

When – Saturday 21th April and Sunday 22nd April – 2 day event
Venue – Lilleshall
Time – 8am start Saturday morning
Divisions – Men’s and Women’s
Referee Coach present – Yes
Expenses – Please email for further info (however it will definitely include Saturday night accommodation, reduced rate for accommodation on Friday night if needed, and a contribution towards travel expenses).
More Info –
  • This is a two day tournament that is being used as the selection trials for the England National Team to compete at the European Touch Championships in September in Italy . Each of the newly formed regions within England will bring their men’s and women’s teams to compete against each other and to compete for a place in the Euro’s squad.
  • Open to ALL referees
  • England Touch is looking to use this weekend as a prime development opportunity, and we have a dedicated referee coach attending this event.
  • The weekend will comprise of a referee training session both Saturday and Sunday morning before games commence. All games will be 40 minutes (2 twenty minute halves) with a half time break.
  • We are also planning a referee team dinner on the Saturday night.
  • Referees wanting to attend the Euro’s should make every effort to be available for this event.
  • To register your interest to referee, please let me know as it’ll be a great way to start the season, get some good coaching and feedback as well as meet many other referees.  Please contact:,

In2Touch Spring Season –  referees wanted!

As some of you may know, the 2012 Spring League (Season 2) gets underway very soon and In2Touch are on the lookout for referees at all their venues.
London League details:
Starts – End of April 2012
Venues – Various locations
When – Games are played Monday – Thursday evenings.
Divisions – Men’s, Women’s and Mixed – will vary depending on venue
Expenses – paid per game
To register your interest to referee during the 2012 Spring League (Season 2), please let Simon ( at In2Touch know.  Otherwise please contact:, or
If you have any queries or need any more information, please contact In2Touch on

In2Touch Hosted – London Champs

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May – 2 day competition
Saturday 26th May – Men’s and Women’s Open
Venue – Richmond
Time – tba
Divisions – Men’s, Women’s and Social Mixed
Expenses – £50 for Saturday; £40 for Sunday (as less games) or £100 for both Saturday and Sunday
Extras – Referees will receive – food, drink and a free ticket to the Rugby Rocks Festival
To register your interest to referee at the In2Touch London Champs, please let Mike at In2Touch know. Please contact:, or
If you have any queries or need any more information, please contact In2Touch on INFO@IN2TOUCH.COM

2012 NTS and CTS Dates and venues:

2012 National Touch Series Dates:

  • NTS 1 – May 12th – Nottingham
  • NTS 2 – June 19th – Oxford
  • NTS 3 – June 30th – London
  • NTS 4 – July 14th – Bristol

2012 Challenge Touch Series Dates:

  • NTS 1 – April 14th – Thames Valley
  • NTS 2 – May 19th – Newcastle
  • NTS 3 – June 16th – Cambridge
  • NTS 4 – July 7th – Nottingham


  • FINALS – July 28th – Lilleshall

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.  We are planning on having referee coaches present at as many of the NTS and CTS events as possible.

24 Hour Charity Touch Game

Saturday 23rd June (12noon) – Sunday 24th June
In conjunction with Oxford Touch and Gosford RFC, a 24 hour charity touch game is being organised. This will include an attempt at a Guiness World Record and YOU could be part of it!!!This will be a great party and an opportunity to support Sport Relief.
Please keep an eye on the website (see below) as there will be an opportunity to enter yourself either as an individual or as a team of your friends to play.
Fancy/themed dress is encouraged and you will be able to choose your playing or refereeing time slots. We are negotiating bar opening times and there will be a DJ in the clubhouse. So please bring your tent, set up camp on the grounds and get ready to play and party!!
Lance Rossiter is organising this and if anyone is available (ps – you don’t have to ref the whole 24 hours 🙂 ) could you mail him directly on
Looking forward to an exciting and busy year with plenty of touch!
Shelley Grace
National Director of Referees
England Touch Association

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24 hour Charity Touch Event

In conjunction with Oxford Touch and Gosford RFC we are organising a 24 hour charity touch game. This will include an attempt at a Guinness World Record and YOU could be part of it!!!

This will be a great party and an opportunity to support Sport Relief.

Please keep an eye on the website ( as there will be an opportunity to enter yourself either as an individual or as a team of your friends.

Fancy/themed dress is encouraged and you will be able to choose your playing time slots. Bar opening times are being negotiating and there will be a DJ in the clubhouse. So please bring your tent, set up camp on the grounds and get ready to play and party!



CTS 1 – Thames Valley

When: Saturday 14 April 2012
Times: 10am – 6pm
Where: Berkshire County Sports Club, Sonning Lane, Sonning, Reading, RG4 6ST.
Categories: Mixed Touch
Format: Round robin games followed by knock-out games for each division.
Cost: £170 per team, which includes post match meal.
Contact: To register your team please contact Will Ten Broeke who will supply account details for teams to pay online

2XU partners England Touch

England Touch are pleased to announce a formal partnership with 2XU UK.

2XU engineers products with the single minded goal of best equipping the athlete, so they feel more prepared, more ready and more capable than their competition. It is hoped that the formation of this partnership will enhance the preparation of England’s Elite athletes in their pursuit of Gold at the 2012 European Championships


Sport Relief and England Touch

England Touch is fully embracing this year’s Sport Relief activities with a range of activities around the country.

On the day itself on March 25th, several of the teams competing in the upcoming Nationals will face off against each other in a friendly day’s games hosted by both South East Regions in London.

The day will run from 9am until 2pm at King Georges Park Wandsworth London SW18 4SQ, should anyone want to pop along.

Teams will be donating funds dirctly to Sport Relief. If anyone would like to help out with any reffing on the day, please do get in touch with

The games are featured below:

Times Field 1 Field 2
9.00-9.45 Sharks v Taipans (Womens) Sharks v Taipans (Mens)
10.00-10.45 Wildcats v Taipans (Womens) Tigers v Wildcats (Mens)
11.00-11.45 Tigers v Sharks (Mens) Taipan v West wildcats (Mens)
12.00-12.45 Sharks v Wildcats (Women)
1.00-1.45 Taipans v Tigers(Mens) Sharks v Wildcats (Mens)


Meanwhile, Oxford Touch are planning an epic 24-hour Touch session on June 23-24 from midday until midday, at their Gosford All Blacks ground at Kiddlington.

The cost is just £20 a player and the aim is to get 180 players taking part, whether as individuals or teams.

The emphasis will be on the social side with fancy/themed dress encouraged. The organisers are currently looking for sponsors to cover the operating costs to enable the full £20 entry fee will go to Sport Relief.

Visit for more information

Give the Manchester Chargers your support this weekend

If any other events are being held, please contact to raise awareness of activities, or to post photos of any fundraising.

Medical Team

England Touch are proud to announce the appointment of Cari Thorpe HPC MCSP as ‘Head of Medical services’.

We welcome Cari, who joins us with a wealth of knowledge and experience: Cari qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1998 with the majority of her career in the NHS.  She specialised in MSK in 2000. Cari began her involvement in sports in 1999 by obtaining a position as club physiotherapist with Sedgley Park Tigers RUFC and worked for them for approximately 4 seasons.  In 2001, she was appointed as England Physiotherapist with England Students Rugby League.

Following their home nations competition, Cari was appointed as the GB Physio.  As well as international home competitions, she has taken 2 GB squads on tour to Australia and New Zealand in both 2001 and 2003.

Cari took an extended break from sport to have a family and undertake a master’s programme.  During this time she has pursued another interest in teaching and is an associate lecturer for MMU.  She has now returned to sport and was part of the physiotherapist team for England Touch at the 2011 World Cup and is very much looking forward to the challenge.

Cari has appointed a deputy, Emma Knott MSc MCSP, (pictured below) to help in the process of creating a multi disciplinary team.

Emma qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2003, gaining an MSc in Rehabilitation Science (with a licence to practice Physiotherapy). Emma’s Physiotherapy career began in the NHS in Manchester where, after completing her basic rotations, she was promoted to senior physiotherapist specialising in MSK in 2005. Emma is also qualified in Immediate Medical Management on the Field of Play (IMMOFP), a postgraduate course designed for medical personnel working in the field of elite sport.

Emma left the NHS to work in private practice, developing her role to become a lecturer-practitioner. This role included working at Manchester Metropolitan University and in private practice in the Greater Manchester region.

Emma currently works as a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the University of Huddersfield; with responsibility for teaching musculoskeletal physiotherapy and pitchline management. As part of Emma’s remit in teaching on the pitchline course she regularly supervises students covering University rugby games and Touch events organised by both the England Touch Association and Manchester Chargers.

Emma was part of the physiotherapist team for England Touch at the 2011 World Cup and is looking forward to continuing her relationship with England Touch, supporting Cari in her new role.


Some new England Touch medical team appointments have recently been made and will be announced soon.  Keep an eye out here for updates.



There are currently no England Touch medical team vacancies, the  job description link below is for reference only.  Notification of future vacancies will be posted here.

Medical Team Member – Task Description

In the meantime, if you have any England Touch medical team related queries then please do not hesitate to contact:

National Coaches announced

It is with great pleasure that the ETA announces the appointment of Head Coaches for the national teams for 2012;

Men’s Open – David Woolley

Women’s Open – Timothy Osborne

Mixed Open – Noel Forde

Men’s 30’s – Ben Smith

Mixed 30’s – Jon Lovell

Men’s 35’s – Mike Roa

Men’s 40’s Coach – Jeff Bimsom

Gregg Cropper, President of the ETA said ‘We have appointed a group of committed and highly motivated coaches who are looking forward to the opportunity the 2012 European Championships provides. We wish them all the best in their planning and preparation over the coming months.’

Current coaching vacancies

Women’s 30s Head Coach

If you are interested in filling the above position – or are simply interested in further information about coaching at a national or international level through the ETA – please complete the application forms (links below) and return them to David Woolley (Head of Elite Coaching) at

National Squad_Job description
National Squad Coach – Application Form


NTS and CTS venues announced

Full details of this year’s National Touch Series venues  and the new Challenge Touch Series, have been announced today.

Thsi year is the first where the national league will be split in two – with the top 16 teams from last year’s National Touch Series battling it out in the NTS, while the new CTS is introduced to allow new and developing sides the chance for close competition, and possible promotion to the NTS.


NTS 1, May 12, Nottingham
NTS 2, June 9,  Oxford
NTS 3, June 30,  London
NTS 4, July 14,  Bristol
Finals, July 28, Lilleshall
More info will be sent out directly to the NTS Teams shortly.

Teams eligible for NTS 2012:

  1. Bareback Riders
  2. Bristol Fijians
  3. Cardiff Raptors
  4. Cambridge Hornets
  5. Coast to Coast Custard
  6. Durka Touch
  7. Galaxy II
  8. Hot Custard
  9. London Galaxy
  10. London Scorpions
  11. Manchester Chargers
  12. Nottingham Touch
  13. Oxford Touch
  14. Phoenix Touch
  15. Statue Bro
  16. Thames Valley Vikings


CTS 1, April 14, Thames Valley
CTS 2, May 19,  Newcastle
CTS 3, June 16, Cambridge
CTS 4, July 7, Nottingham
Finals, July 28, Lilleshall
CTS opening/entry info will also be communicated VERY shortly!

If you have any questions relating to the NTS or CTS please contact