XBlades Footwear sponsors NTS

England Touch has teamed up with XBlades Footwear as new sponsors of the National Touch Series, offering players at all levels some great benefits.

Full details of the deals available will be announced soon.

Shane and Dave at XBlades Sports Ltd said: “We are honoured to sponsor England Touch and expect our partnership to be long standing and be of great benefit.

“Not only to all registered England Touch players but Clubs as well.”

Nationals success

Torrential downpours and a last minute venue change did little to dampen the spirits or spoil some top touch action as the first ever Nationals took place at the weekend.

Played over Saturday and Sunday, men’s and women’s teams from regions around the country battled it out in a round robin of play.

Competing were the North West WarriorsMidland TigersWest WildcatsSouth West SaxonsSouth East Taipans and South East Sharks.

Games were played over 40 minutes, and offered all the thrills and skills of top level Touch.

After a tough weekend’s competition, congratulations went to the Taipans who took the Men’s Nationals title with a 6:5 win over the Sharks.

In the Women’s division, Sharks beat the Taipans 5:2.


See www.eta.sportingpulse.net for full results.



Tournament organiser Tom Bedkowski, said: “Well done to all who took part, the competition has a great future. I’d like to thank all the teams for working with us to make the event work, particularly with the last minute venue change to Bridgnorth.

“A big thank you to Bridgnorth RFC for being so welcoming. Special mention to Ian George and Tim Thomas.

“They are now keen for Touch there and I think its a lovely location for a summer tournament next year.

“I’d also like to add a special thank you to the medical teams who worked tirelessly throughout the weekend to keep everyone safe, well and where necessary patched up.”


Finally, thanks to all the referees who helped make the day run smoothly too!


Congratulations also go to other Nationals winners:

Male MVP: Martin Wright, Saxons
Female MVP: Susan Kidd, Taipans
Coach of the Tournament: Dan Mendis, Tigers (Mens)
Referee of the Tournament: Michael Bottom



Entries open for Newcastle CTS

Entries are now open for the Newcastle CTS.
Date – Saturday May 19th
Venue – Percy Park RFC, Preston Ave, North Shields, NE30 2SZ
Cost – £60 for teams with a touch ref, £80 for teams without a ref
Times – 10am meet, 10.30am Tap Off

There will be food in the bar afterwards and the club will be available to us all evening.

Camping will be available Friday and Saturday £5 per person per night.

Beach touch/rounders/volleyball on Sunday 20th from 11am Tynemouth Longsands (5mins from Percy Park)

Contact name Lesley Mc 07816220167 lesley@mccallion-physio.co.uk

Referees update – April

Hello all,

I hope that you all had a good Easter, enjoyed the days off and didn’t over indulge too much in the chocolate stuff!

As always, there is a lot coming up on the touch scene, a lot for everyone to get involved in.


Summary of recent events:

* Level 1: Wednesday 4th April 2012 – READING

We had a good turn out at the Level 1 course with approximately 12 people attending.  Thanks for Paul Farrington for running the course and to Sammie Phillips for all the organisation to make this happen.

* Level 2: Sunday 15th April 2012 – READING

We had 12 people attend the Level 2 course, which was fantastic.  The day was well received by all and a big thank you to our presenters, Matthew Reid and Kevin Hobbs.

* 2012 Challenge Touch Series # 1 – READING – 14/4/2012

This was a great day of touch!  Massive thank you to all the 14 referees (including 2 from Hungry) and the 2 referee coaches who were present. Nearly every game was triple refereed, there were no player referees needed and there were many new faces!  Looking forward to seeing you all again at the next CTS event.

Next up, 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:
Level 1: PROPOSED – May 2012 – Bristol

Level 2:
Level 2: CONFIRMED – 6th May 2012 – Berlin, GERMANY
Level 2: CONFIRMED – 19th May 2012 – Verona, ITALY

Level 2: NOT YET CONFIRMED – 5th OR 12th May 2012 – Paris or Strasbourg, FRANCE
Level 2: NOT YET CONFIRMED – 22nd June – Brussels, BELGIUM
Level 2: NOT YET CONFIRMED – 15th August – Munich, GERMANY

Level 3:

For your information, the European Referee Panel is planning to deliver an additional two (on top of the course being held in Aberdeen in May) Level 3 referee courses this year. Both will be delivered by the European Director of Referees and members of the European Referee Panel.

The venues are now confirmed as:

  • Berlin, Germany on the 09-10 June 2012 and
  • Bristol, England on the 21-22 July 2012.

The level 3 course lasts for 1½ days and overnight accommodation is necessary. This cost, as well as cost of travel, is your responsibility. Accommodation suggestions will be communicated together with the confirmed dates and venue information.

Please register your interest if you wish to receive further information by using THIS LINK

Don’t forget places are still available for the Aberdeen Level 3 (19-20 May 2012). You should contact the Scottish Referee Director Ray Martindale referees@scottishtouch.org.uk for more information.

Or, register your interest in attending any of these courses, by letting me know (refs@englandtouch.org.uk).


2012 Tournaments & Events requiring referees:

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 National Touch Series (NTS) # 1 – NOTTINGHAM – 12th May 2012:

The first NTS of the season and it is going to be a good one.  Get on board and come and see some of the best touch teams battle it out to take the first NTS title and take the valuable points on offer.  It’ll be a great day out, so come and join our referee team and benefit from the presence of a referee coach!  Come to Nottingham and referee!

As mentioned above, there will be a referee coach present at this event so it will be a great opportunity to get some invaluable feedback and coaching from him, no matter what your level* or how long you’ve been refereeing.

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.

* We are preferable looking for Level 2 referees and above to attend the NTS events.  If you are a Level 1 wanting to attend, please let me know.

In the meantime email me with any questions and to confirm your attendance. Refs@englandtouch.org.uk


2012 Challenge Touch Series (CTS) # 2 – NEWCASTLE – 19th May 2012:

The second CTS of the season and this time we are headed to Newcastle.  Get on board, come along for a great day out and show your support.

We are hopeful that we will have a referee coach present at this event, I will keep you posted.

Please can you 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 meantime email me with any questions and to confirm your attendance.  Refs@englandtouch.org.uk


In2Touch Spring Season – referees wanted!

As some of you may know, the 2012 Spring League (Season 2) gets underway from next week and In2Touch are on the lookout for referees at all their venues.

England League details:

Starts – End of April 2012 (week commencing Monday 23rd April)

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
More info: http://www.in2touch.com/uk/venues.php

To register your interest to referee during the 2012 Spring League (Season 2), please let Simon (simon@in2touch.com) at In2Touch know.  Otherwise please contact: info@in2Touch.com, or mike@in2touch.com.

If you have any queries or need any more information, please contact In2Touch on info@in2Touch.com


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
Extras – Referees will receive – food, drink and a free ticket to the Rugby Rocks Festival

More info: http://www.in2touch.com/uk/news-story.php?news_item=1013

To register your interest to referee at the In2Touch London Champs, please let Mike at In2Touch know. Please contact: info@in2touch.comsimon@in2touch.com or mike@in2touch.com

If you have any queries or need any more information, please contact In2Touch on info@in2touch.com


2012 – National Touch Series (NTS) and Challenge Touch Series (CTS)

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 (Level 2 preferred for NTS 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 12 noon – Sunday 24th June – 24 hour Touch game

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.  http://oxfordtouchrugby.co.uk/24hours

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 lancerossiter@hotmail.co.uk


2012 European Touch Championships

Going to the 2012 European Touch Championships?
Register your interest to attend as a full time referee with the European Director of Referees here: Registration

Otherwise drop me a line and let me know your interest – refs@englandtouch.org.uk

Looking forward to seeing you all at an event soon!

Shelley Grace
National Referee Director
England Touch Association


Nationals on the Doorstep

After months of planning, training and anticipation the inaugural England Touch Nationals competition takes place this weekend in the excellent surroundings of the Lilleshall National Sports Centre. The ‘Touch Nationals’ are a two day tournament that are being used as the selection trials for the England National Squads to compete in the forthcoming European Championships in September in Italy.

The country has been split into seven regions and players from each of these have been working hard over the last few months to be selected to represent their region and develop their playing skills ahead of this weekend’s Nationals competition. Each of the newly formed regions will bring their strongest men’s and women’s teams to compete against each other for the title of ‘Nationals Champions 2012’ and to compete for a place in the England Touch Euro’s squads.

This will be the first time England Touch has attempted to select an England squad in such a way and it is hoped that this exposure to higher level coaching and competition will be invaluable for future player development.

The anticipation for the event and buzz around the Nationals has been growing for some time with all players and teams keenly looking forward to the weekend and testing themselves against the other regional teams.

Spectators are more than welcome to attend the competition and support their regions and for those of you who can’t make it the results can be followed live HERE

National Squad Trials

Masters Trials

The details are now available for the 35s and 40s Masters Trials for selection to the England Squad ahead of the European Championships in Italy in September.

Date: Saturday 28th April 2012.

10.30 am to 3pm  Registration from 10am.

Gresham Park Road (off Wilford Lane), West Bridgford, NG2 7YF. Directions here

Changing/showering, toilets and plenty of parking (main car park and slip road). Limited catering on site, some vending machines and kitchen facilities. Shop 15 mins walk.

: £5 per person (to cover the field and referees costs.


Group warm up
Games – 3 x 20 minutes for each player, drills whilst not playing
Cool Down

Opens Trials

As previously stated, participation in a regional side at the National Championships in April is the primary method of being considered for selection for an Open England side. However, if you have a legitimate reason for not being involved in a regional side (e.g. injury or working abroad during the trialling and preparation period) but you would like to be considered for a national squad please contact Mike@englandtouch.org.uk.

As a result of this contact you may be invited to attend the Masters’ trial on the 28th of April in Nottingham to demonstrate your ability. Please note that  for players wishing to play for an Open side, those who have played at the nationals will be preferred to later triallists at final selection if players are of similar ability

Become a Level 2 Referee – Sunday, April 15 course

Are you a Level 1 Referee?

Are you wanting to progress to the next level?

Do you want to be a better referee?

Do you want to learn new skills and meet new people?

Are you looking to attend the Euro’s?

Or  .. are you a referee who is looking for a refresher course?

If the answer is yes to any of those questions, or if you are looking at getting involved in refereeing, then this course if for you!

The ETA is holding a Level 2 course in Reading and we’d like to see as many of you there as possible. 

Details of the course:


    • Sunday 15th April 2012


    • Arrive 9am for 9:30am start


    • Full Day


    • Berkshire County Sports Club, Sonning Lane, Sonning, Reading RG4 6ST (Thames Valley Vikings’ Home Ground).


    • £30

What to expect:

    • The course contains both a theory and practical element with a theory exam at the end of the day and an on-field assessment to be done at a later date.
    • As there is a practical element, you will need to bring gear to run in and your whistle (please consider also a warm jacket and/or wet weather gear as well).  There are showers and changing facilities available at the venue if you wish to bring a change of clothes. 
    • We will not be awarding any upgrade badges at the course and the on-field assessment will need to take place at a later event.

If you are thinking of attending the Euro’s, please note that there is a minimum Level 2 requirement for referees.

We have some great presenters, who are focused on maximising your learning potential and ensuring the day is fun and interactive so you get the most out of it.

As an added bonus – the first CTS event is on the Saturday 14th April in Reading (same venue as above) and I’d like to encourage as many referees as possible to attend this and then attend the Level 2 course on the Sunday.  Our course presenters will also be present at the CTS as referee coaches, so come along, get some practice, feedback, and learn some news tips, tricks and skills and most of all have a great weekend full of touch!

If you’d like to register for this course and the CTS event, please let me know!  You are more than welcome and we’d love to see you.  Please contact me on: refs@englandtouch.org.uk or Shelley@englandtouch.org.uk