Manchester set to tap off the 2013 season in Europe

Manchester are once again holding their season-opening February tournament, to take place on Saturday 23rd February.  The tournament has Men’s, Women’s and Mixed divisions and has attracted teams from all over Europe (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Switzerland) for its 4th annual Touch-fest.

Competition in the Biggest Club Touch Tournament in Europe will again be fierce with the majority of the English regional sides entered into the Men’s and Women’s comps and a number of European clubs fielding strong teams in the Mixed category, they’re looking forward to starting the season with a bang!

The event is tied in nicely for the newly created English and Welsh regional teams to have some good competition before heading towards the nationals in April, along with the Scottish Team heading to the NTLs in March.

Referees will be out in force too and they already have 18 confirmed full time referees, with a number of referee coaches also in attendance to provide coaching, training and feedback to those looking for a badge upgrade in 2013.

Can the Scots hold onto their title, as they move from men’s to mixed division? Will the Sharks top the table again in the women’s? Will it be an all South affair in the men’s cup comp this year… who knows, but if last year’s event is anything to go by, which saw some great dynamic and skilful Touch on display and the numerous nail-biting drop-offs which ramped up the excitement too, it’ll be another great event!

For further information see the following links:

Info pack for the event: Info Pack Feb 2013 v5

Tournament Draw: Schedule v3







The Nationals – Launch for 2013

England Touch are proud to announce the 2nd annual National Touch Tournament. This is a 2 day tournament where regional sides will compete for the national title whilst forming the basis for player development and pathway leading to National Squad selection.

The tournament will show case the best players from each region and will be used as a basis for selection for the Opens and 30′s sides for Home Nations 2013. This tournament will increase player’s exposure across England to coaching, improve coaches skills and lift the standard of England Touch across the board.

Regional and assistant coaches have been selected by the Director of Elite Coaching . Each region will announce their own trial dates, so please keep an eye on the England Touch website.

When? Where? Who?

The 2013 Nationals is to be held on 13th and 14th April 2013 at Bolton School, Chorley New Road, Bolton. This is not open to club sides, only sanctioned regional franchises are allowed to participate.

Club sides will have the NTS and CTS series to compete in and this will continue as normal for 2013.

The regional sides for 2013 are:

The exact borderlines are as shown here – Regional Map

Coaches and Contacts

North East Raiders Regional Lead – Lesley McCallion

North West Blades Regional Lead – Ben Powell

Midland Tigers Regional Lead – Jon Lovell

West Wildcats Regional Lead – Dave Woolley

South West Saxons Regional Lead – Nathan Joyce

South East Taipans Regional Lead – Marnie Wills

South East Sharks Regional Lead – Anna Stibbs


Please see our vacancies page for current regional and national coaching vacancies. Deadline for applications is 23rd November.

Masters Grade for 2013

As our sport grows, so will the grades competing at Nationals. England Touch are introducing a Men’s Masters Grade for 2013 Nationals.

Based on player numbers and feedback there is sufficient scope to have a “North vs. South” Masters grade. Trials for the two sides are open to male players aged 35+ on or before 22nd March 2013. The format will be North vs. South, played over a 3 games series at the Nationals tournament. This also forms the basis for player development and selection for the England Men’s 35 and 40 sides for the 2013 Home Nations.

The exact borderlines are as shown here – Regional Map

Masters – North Regional Lead – Jeff Bimson
Email –

Masters – South Regional Lead – <TBC>
Email –


In order for a player to be eligible for a region, they will need to have participated in an affiliated league (see list here) in the region in the last 12 months; or be registered (and regularly play) with an affiliated club; or live within the regional boundaries outlined. Any exception needs to be authorised by the High Performance Team.

Further info on this is detailed here: Player Eligibility


Please fill in the following on-line form, which will be sent to your regional lead coach: Registration Form

Home Nations 2013


21st – 23rd June 2013 in Dublin at DCU (Dublin City University).

3 days – Games Friday pm, all day Sat, inc finals, party Saturday night


Competitions are expected in the following grades. If a competition is not viable due to lack of entries, teams will enter merged competitions.

  • Men’s Open
  • Women’s Open
  • Mixed Open
  • Men’s 30s
  • Women’s 27s
  • Mixed 30s
  • Men’s 35s
  • Men’s 40s


Please look at the FAQ’s page to answer any of your questions. If this doesn’t cover it, please email Marnie ( for further info

– We are England Touch.

National Coaches for 2013

It is with great pleasure that the ETA announces the appointment of Head Coaches for the national teams for 2013;

Men’s Open – Ben Smith

Women’s Open – Timothy Osborne

Mixed Open – Noel Forde

Mixed 30′s – Jon Lovell

Men’s 35′s – Mike Roa and Nathan Joyce

Men’s 40′s Coach – Jeff Bimson

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 2013 Home Nations provides. We wish them all the best in their planning and preparation over the coming months.’

Current coaching vacancies

Women’s 27s Head Coach
Men’s 30s Head Coach

If you are interested in filling any of the above positions – 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

Job descriptions

National Squad Coach – Job Description

National Squad Assistant Coach – Job description

Application Form

Application form – Regional and National Coaching

South West Saxons – 2013 Regional Squad Trials

Dates for the South West for the 2013 season have now passed.  The remaining squad training days are:

  • Sun 17th March

Any queries please contact Nina Gulati:

More information about the South West Saxons regional team can be found here: