Peter ‘Mr Touch’ Walters Coaching Sessions

For those of you who are attending the Manchester NTS Double Header on the 24th & 25th of May, the England Touch Association are fortunate enough to be welcoming Peter Walters aka ‘Mr Touch’ from New Zealand who will be delivering a number of training sessions throughout the country whilst he is over here. Click here to see the tour dates.
Pete is Head of National Coaching and Elite Development in NZ, and those involved with Team England last year will know of his expertise and undeniable knowledge and enthusiasm for Touch over many years. Pete is not only one of the best coaches in world Touch, but has been involved in every New Zealand National competition and most impressively has played for NZ in all 7 World Cups.
At the end of Day 1 of the Manchester NTS Double Header (Saturday evening) Pete will be giving a Coaching Session aimed at ‘up-skilling’ both players and coaches throughout England. The presentation will cover the following areas;
  • ‘Trends of the Game’- How the tactics of touch have developed over the last 10 years.
  • Effective Line attack in the Mixed game
  • Effective use of a ‘Strong Link’ defence in the Mixed game
  • Transitional play in Mixed Touch

Details for Pete’s Presentation as follows:

Presentation Time: 6.15pm-7.15pm
Venue: Broughton Park RFC, M21 7TL
Cost: £3pp (or £7 per team and as many people from your team can attend as you like provided amount of people are registered beforehand) Payment can be made on the night & registrations need to be made ASAP as spaces are limited.

Click on the following link to register:

Pete will also be delivering a number of Development sessions throughout the country as well as presenting an Advanced Coaching Course (Level 2) in London. Details about the Development Days will be on the ETA website shortly.
We look forward to hopefully seeing a lot of your clubs at the presentation on Saturday 24th in Manchester.

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After the 1st and very successful XBlades NTS / SPORTTAPE CTS in Nottingham, we are now looking ahead to the Manchester double header!

Linked is the information from our 2nd hosts – Manchester Chargers.

They have been working hard to ensure we that the quality of our National season is the highest it can be.

You can enter using the following online form (n.b. entry is only confirmed on receipt of the tournament fees) – Click Here –


Please remember the following;

  • ALL Clubs must be affiliated through ETA – more info –
  • ALL Clubs must provide one Player Ref
  • Entry is through the above link and payment to Manchester Chargers, who will operate a waiting list should there be an oversubscribed CTS. Places will only be confirmed following payment and is on a first come first served basis.
  • Reserved entry for the following clubs into the SPORTTAPE CTS is until 11.59pm Monday 28th April 2014 after which any unfilled places will be offered to the next club on the waiting list (Custard Jägers, Wigan Warriors 2, Portsmouth Destroyers, Nottingham Hoods 2, Galaxy 3, England u18s)



Custard’s clean sweep at 1st NTS/CTS combined event

Nottingham Touch Club Host first NTS/CTS Combined Event

The long awaited return of our beloved Touch tournaments finally descended on us in the way of a combined NTS/CTS showdown on 12th April 2014. Nottingham Touch Club would be the first hosts to take on the challenge of staging a mammoth 32 teamed extravaganza.


Teams travelled from near and far to compete for some prestigious silverware and clock up some valuable points on their standings tables.


Our Nottingham hosts couldn’t promise any sunshine this time around but they did promise to deliver an impressive show. True to their word, the event was a huge success.

The venue, Nottingham University Highfields Campus, was in pristine condition and the high quality pitches complimented the high quality performances on the day. Compliments to the Ground Staff at Nottingham University!


Thanks to Beeston Hockey Club for the use of the club house for the presentations and providing the hungry players with the after tournament spread.

Many thanks to Jackie Hollowell and her Physiotherapy crew from Nottingham University who patched and mended players throughout the day.

Thanks to Shelley Grace for sorting out all her referees and the player refs who helped on the day so that we were able to have multi-games running simultaneously for both NTS and CTS fixtures.

A huge thank you to Kevin Hill,who worked tirelessly leading up to this event and throughout the day, updating the live score board. Also a massive thanks to Chris Simon, for his attention to detail and organisation, which allowed for a smooth running competition from start to finish. Finally thanks to all those from Nottingham Touch club who helped in setting up and running the events on the day, in particular Jon Edwards and Dani Heeg.


XBlades NTS Results

Hot Custard 5 v 1 London Scorpions


Tumeke Sports 7 v 3 Cambridge Hornets


Bristol Fijians 6 v 2 Oxford Touch


Nottingham Hoods 3 v 2 Galaxy Knights (Drop off)



Custard Jägers 5 v 3 England u18MX Flamingo’s


Manchester Chargers 5 v 1 Thames Valley Vikings

Percy Pirates 3 v 0 Galaxy CTS


Orrell St James 3 v 0 Halton Touch


MVP Nominations

Congratulations to the following players who scooped the MVP awards:

XBlades NTS Male – Mike Stibbs (Scorpions)

XBlades NTS Female – Michelle Cobcroft (Hot Custard)

SPORTTAPE CTS Male – David Heslop (Custard Jägers)

SPORTTAPE CTS Female – Amy Russell (Galaxy CTS)


Touch Downs

And a special mention to our top touchdown Kings and Queens of the day:


Standings after Round 1


Links to scores and results are all here:



The day definitely belonged to Hot Custard, who took both titles and were well deserved winners!


See you all in Manchester for the double header!

Registration is through the online portal (Manchester Online Registration Portal) and will open for both NTS and CTS on Tuesday 22nd April at 9.00am. Reserved CTS clubs have until the 28th April to secure their places.



Please find the time to review the first tournament to assist as we progress through the year. Nottingham NTS/CTS Clubs Review


Oakmedians Touch Tournament

When: 5th July
Where: Bournemouth
Hosts: Oakmedians O2 Touch

Poster: Click here


‘Spring Chick’ Women’s Touch Tournament

The 29th March saw the inaugural Spring Chick women’s touch tournament take place at Chippenham Rugby Club.

This tournament was jointly hosted by the Bristol Fijians and Chippenham Rugby Club.

Thirteen teams had amassed from around the British Isles in a bid to grab the inaugural Spring Chick title. Teams were divided into three pools, with the action happening on three pitches. There was a generous sprinkling of international talent, right next to teams who were trying out the touch rugby code for the first time.

Listen here to Spring Chick organiser, Jen Palmer

As this was the first time this tournament has been run we were overwhelmed with the amount of teams that entered, with many travelling from far and wide, including a team flying in from Dublin.

Thankfully the tournament lived up to its name, with a weekend of spring like weather that seemed to spring from no-where!

One of the main aims was for it to be a development tournament for Women. Therefore clubs were encouraged to bring along girls who were relatively new to touch or had maybe only played mixed touch to show them what the Women’s game was all about. So it was great to see so many new faces mixed in amongst more experienced players.

The winners of the prizes that were up for grabs were as follows:The Spring Chick was also used as a platform to develop referees in the South West. Many new or relatively inexperienced referees took part and did a great job, with 6 referees completing their Level 1 assessment at the tournament.

  • Cup Final – Mixers vs Thames Valley Vixens. Mixers won 4-2
  • Plate final – Cambridge vs Oxford. Cambridge won 3-1
  • Bowl Final – Chippenham-Bath Cheetahs vs Purple Cobras (who replaced Dublin Diva’s). Cheetahs won 3-1

Most Valuable Player award

  • Del Tupuhi – Bath and Chippenham Cheetahs

Most valuable Referee

  • Jake Hyland – From Chippenham (and completed his L1 assessment)


Due to the success of The Spring Chick, we are planning on making this a regular fixture in the European Touch calendar. Look out for it this time next year and help us make it an even bigger and better event!

Lots more of photo’s of the day, here:



Want to get involved in more Women’s Touch?

Look what’s happening in London right now:


Listen to more from the BBC

If you would like to hear a little bit more about the tournament BBC Wiltshire did their grassroots sport programme pitchside from 12- 2pm, and they interviewed a few of the organisers, players and refs.


1st Community Coaching Course of 2014

The ETA put on it’s first Community Coaching Course for 2014 last Sunday 30th March at the Sale Sharks training ground in Carrington, Manchester.
The course had 19 participants from all over the North West of England and it covered topics such as ‘The role of the Community Coach’, ‘Communication’, ‘Group Management’, ‘Playing Rules’ and a practical session on ‘Playing Skills’.
We had a very willing and vocal group in attendance with various questions being asked.
The group was a split of current Rugby coaches, enthusiastic newbies and even some ex internationals looking to learn about our great game.
They were passionate about the game and wanted to know how they can best utilise their current skills to coach Touch. There was a very keen in interest in group management strategies and also the playing skills session.
The ETA would like to thank Sale Sharks for the use of their venue for the course.
For information on further courses, please contact

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