The Science of Touch

In the name of science and sport, Cari Thorpe (ETA head of medical services) and Emma Knott (ETA lead physiotherapist) have joined forces with Dr. Craig Twist, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology at Chester University.  Craig is well known for his published work in the field of rugby league and has worked with several Super League clubs, the Rugby Football League and alongside Cari with GB & Ireland Students RL sides.

Cari, Emma and Craig are embarking on a new and exciting development within Touch.  Work has begun on researching movement and match demands of the sport using portable Global Positioning Systems, Touch injuries sustained during international tournaments, as well as the effect of pre- tournament training and psychosocial factors on tournament performance.

Saturdays, Fully Charged Event saw the launch of this with Chester Students on hand to test and collect data using the Men’s North West Blades Squad.


This work will be on going for a number of seasons and we look forward to assisting the progression and development of this exciting and fast paced sport.

– We are England Touch.

Manchester Fully Charged Event Opens 2013 Touch Season

The Manchester Chargers Fully Charged Events team wishes to thank all of those who participated in and supported the opening Touch event for the 2013 season.  Here’s a summary of the final results from the day:

– Most Valuable Referee (MVR) award goes to Renat Iskakov – congratulations!


– Bowl final:  Sandymount Touch defeated Thames Valley Vikings in a drop-off 4-3.

– Cup final:  Touch Ecosse defeated Swiss Ba Baa’s 6-2.

– Most Valuable Player (MVP) award went to North East Raiders player #1, who was unfortunately unavailable to collect the award at the presentation ceremony – congratulations!



– Bowl final:  Midland Tigers defeated North West Blades 4-1.

– Cup final:  South East Taipans defeated West Wildcats in a drop-off.

– MVP award went to Kate Hyde of the Midlands Tigers – congratulations!



– Bowl final:  Midland Panthers defeated West Wildcats.

– Cup final:  South East Sharks defeated Midland Tigers 4-3 in a drop-off.

– MVP award went to South East Sharks player #9, who was unfortunately unavailable to collect the award at the presentation ceremony – congratulations!


Full results listing can be found here: Results v2

– We are England Touch.

Nationals 2013 Venue Confirmed

England Touch will host its Touch Nationals 2013 tournament at:

– Bolton School, Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL1 4PA.  See the Bolton School website for more information on the venue.

For a view of how the pitches will be set out in Bolton see this grounds-layout link.  A detailed briefing note for The Nationals will be sent to regional team leads soon.

For those new to The Nationals this is a 2 day tournament where England Touch regional sides will compete for the national title.  It forms the basis for player development and is a pathway leading to national squad selection.  This year, for the first time, coinciding with The Nationals will be a Masters Division (over 35 male) competition with two teams; Northern Masters and Southern Masters.

Both The Nationals and Masters Division will show case the best players from each region and will be used as a basis for selection to the England Touch national sides for the Home Nations 2013 tournament in Dublin.  This tournament will increase player 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 . Regions have conducted their trials over the Winter and squads have been announced.  See below for more information on each regional side.

When? Where? Who?

The 2013 Nationals is to be held on 23 and 24 March, venue is Bolton school.  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


If you would like to be at The Nationals assisting your regional team then see our vacancies page for current regional and national voluntary role vacancies.

Masters Grade for 2013

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
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Masters – South Regional Lead – Christian Garland
Email –

– We are England Touch.

In Touch with Bhubesi Pride

As the sport of Touch spreads throughout the world, England Touch is pleased to announce its support and endorsement of the Bhubesi Pride charity mission in Africa.

Bhubesi Pride is a volunteer project working on behalf of UK charity, United Through Sport.  Together they have previously assembled “..highly qualified teams to carry out rugby coaching missions, using the sport as a tool for education and development in Africa.”  Touch has its place within this project, which is looking for volunteers passionate about touch and all things rugby related in 2014, to work with schools and communities in 10 African countries.

For those with a sense of adventure and with a desire to explore the beauty of Africa while promoting touch & establishing new links across the continent, this could be something you wish to embark upon – in essence you can coach touch, rugby, and see Africa!

Now engaged with year two of project work in Africa the expedition coaching team is currently in Ethiopia.  See Bhubesi Pride for contact information and how you can help promote England Touch & our sport in Africa.

Why do it?  Bhubesi Pride & England Touch believes: “Sport has the power to change the world, the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else can.”  Nelson Mandela

– We are England Touch.

England Touch Home Nations Voluntary Role Announcement


The ETA is proud to appoint David Cope as its first National Development Co-ordinator, and Ben Meakin, our Kit Co-ordinator for the new season ahead.

Congratulations to Helen Waters, Anna Jennings and Georgia Yurkwich-Spink, who have recently been appointed by England Touch in the following Team Manager roles for Home Nations 2013:

Head of Team Managers – Helen Waters

Men’s 30s Squad Team Manager – Anna Jennings

Men’s 35s Squad Team Manager – Georgia Yurkwich-Spink.

England Touch will be travelling to Dublin in 2013 for the Home Nations International Tournament.  Accompanying the squads and supporting staff will be the all important Team Managers.  There are a few England National Team Manager positions open for application.  More information can be found at this website link, make your expression of interest to:


Vacant National Coaching Opportunities:

– Women’s 27s Head Coach

- Men’s 30s Head Coach

If you are interested in filling any of the above positions – coaching at an international level through the ETA – please complete the application forms on the ETA website  (scroll to the bottom of this link) and return them to David Woolley (Head of Elite Coaching) at

England Development Director Role:

The ETA executive committee position of Development Director has been introduced for the 2013 season.  The application process and Terms of Reference for this new, challenging and rewarding role can be found on the ETA website.

England National Coaching Course Presenter:

The experienced coach who fulfils this position will be responsible for delivering Federation of International Touch (FIT) accredited coaching courses to the next generation of aspiring coaches in England.   For more information and details on how to apply for the role see the following link.

Regional Coach & Assistant Coach Positions:

As the sport of Touch in England expands the opportunities for Regional Coaches in the six England Touch defined regions also progresses.  A number of Regional Coach & Assistant Coach positions are vacant for application.  The Regional Coach/Assistant Coach roles provide a stepping stone for those looking to develop their Touch coaching skills to the next stage beyond club level, the Challenge Touch Series, and National Touch Series events.  Building a strong foundation of experienced regional coaches is essential to the continued growth of the sport of Touch in England, see our website link for more information on how to apply and which positions are currently open.

We look forward to hearing from you soon,

– We are England Touch.