University Touch Tournament

When: 15th March
Where:  University of Bath
Cost: TBC
Format: Mixed
Entry link:

January Newsletter

Happy new year to you all,

We hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and celebrated the new year in style!.

So, the new year is upon us and what a year it’s shaping up to be!  2014 is going to be bigger and better than previous years, reading below will let you know why.

This month, we have Coaching courses, Referee Updates, Mascot and Kit design competitions, Schools Touch, Vacancies to join the ETA …. and much more!




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See you on the 5!
The England Touch Team



Referee Courses

There are plenty of opportunities to get your refereeing qualifications in 2014, please see below for some of them.

Level 1 Courses

L1 – 1st June – North Sheilds
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L1 – 7th June – Bedford
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L1 – 8th June – New Malden
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L1 – June 8th – Ashby-de-la-Zouch
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L1 – June 14th – Oxford
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L1 – June 29th – Horsham
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Level 2 Courses

L2 – April 6th – LONDON
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L2 – April 17th – MANCHESTER


Level 3 Courses

L3 – April 12th & 13th – EDINBURGH
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L3 – April 26th & 27th – LONDON
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Take a look in the referees section for ALL the info you need:

Referee Courses

Referees Yearly Planner

Refereeing Updates



Expressions of Interest for coaching courses

Expressions of Interest for Touch coaching courses are now being taken

England Touch are looking to better serve those who want to become more knowledgeable and/or accredited in the coaching arena. As such, we are looking to you, the participants to lead us on what courses would suit you, when and where!

If you want to learn more about the game and/or further your understanding then please get in touch on the link below.
All relevant course info can be found here, so you can decide which level suits you and your needs, best.

Please complete the form HERE to submit your interest


Application form

Expression of interest – Online Form


What/Where/When/How much

All these details will become available once we have received requests from individuals as we will try and suit the needs of as many as possible in 2014.


Course Information

Introductory/Community Coaching Course

Entry Requirements – None

Coaching Topics Include:

  • Role of the Community Coach
  • Communication
  • Group Management
  • Safe Environment and Risk Management
  • Planning, Preparing and Reviewing
  • Basic Playing Rules of the Game
  • Basic Game Skills
  • Practical Coaching

Intermediate / Level One Coaching Course

Entry level course for anyone wanting to start coaching and learn more about the game of Touch. Aimed at current and potential community school, club to regional coaches.

Entry Requirements – None

Coaching Topics Include:

  • Introduction to Coaching
  • Role of the Coach
  • Individual skills
  • Sub Unit Skills
  • Improving Performance
  • Fitness for Touch
  • The Junior Athlete
  • Team Skills
  • Game Sense
  • Planning
  • Sports Safety and Injuries
  • Rules of Touch and the important Practical Observations & Assessments

Course Assessment

  • Course Work
  • Rules examination
  • Course participation
  • Practical Coaching – assessed on course


Advanced / Level Two Coaching Course 

Advanced Coaching for those with good knowledge of the game and coaching experience. Aimed at the elite level of the sport.
Entry Requirements – Level 1 coaching qualification required*.
*Experienced Touch players with teaching or coaching qualification may be eligible for dispensation from the Level 1. However, this is not advised.
Coaching Topics Include:
  • Planning for Touch
  • Risk Management
  • Coaching Better
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Principles of Training
  • Speed, Strength
  • Flexibility and Power Training
  • Growth and Development of Touch Players
  • Nutrition, Building a Better Team
  • Sports Medicine
  • Managing People
  • Advanced Individual & Sub Unit Skills
  • Analysis of Individuals
  • Tactics and Set Plays
  • Team Analysis
  • Talent Identification, and Coaching for Varying Events

Course Assessment

  • L2 Home Study Workbook
  • Participation in Course
  • Presentation on Course
  • Practical Coaching (needs to be separately arranged, as per 1 & 2 below)
  1. Assessment during Coaching Session
  2. Assessment during Competition Match


Presenters Courses

This course prepares and assesses Level 2 Coaches to allow them to present and deliver coaching courses. Level 2 participants from previous years will be eligible.

Entry Requirements
Level 1 / Intermediate Coaching Qualification (allows you to present Introductory Course)
Level 2 / Advanced Coaching qualification  (allows you to present Intermediate Course)


For further information on any of the above courses, please contact

Mascot design competition

Mascots help play a significant role in engaging and captivating young audiences and inspiring them to participate in activity.  Our mascot will help to support the growth of our sport amongst younger children.

Rather than relying on professional illustrators, England Touch want to tap into the unbridled enthusiasm and creativity of young people and they are urging children across England to get involved in the competition. England Touch are challenging children and young people across the country to design a mascot that represents the Touch Community in England.

This competition is open to anyone who thinks that their mascot design is worthy of becoming the official England Touch new member.

We are looking for a character that is imaginary and original. He/she/it could be an animal, an inanimate object or even a space oddity that captures the excitement of the sport and the imagination of the public.

We want to inspire people to think differently and creatively. This is a great opportunity for children to dream up a truly one-of-a-kind mascot. We want to let their imaginations run wild.

Entries can be hand drawn or submitted electronically.

Submissions will be judged on creativity and artistic quality, as well as how well they represent England Touch. Entries also should include a brief story about the character and should be no more than 250 words.

A special England Touch panel will choose the top six designs after the date for submissions closes on 31st March 2014. These six designs will then be featured in a nationwide online voting contest this spring.

The winning mascot design and its story will then be revealed in time for the countdown to the European Championships in August.

We will work with a professional illustrator to bring the creations to life The winning mascot design will be made in to our official mascot. The mascot will be showcased at all England Touch tournaments and be used to promote our sport across the country and at other events and play a significant role in our European and World Cup campaigns.


Entry Criteria

  • Entries can be individual or in teams or school groups.
  • Multiple entries are welcome.
  • Entries must be submitted by the closing date March 31st 2014.
  • Entries must be original and not a copied character.
  • Entries must contain the England Touch playing colours of Red, White, Black and Blue.
  • Mascots must have a name given to them.
  • Entrants must supply their name, age, address and contact details.


Submit your online application here and email your completed mascot drawings to