Building a future for England Touch

With Touch participation at all levels growing across the country and the performance of the National Squads at the recent European Championships in Swansea we are looking to the future. We want to continue building the development of Touch in England and a vital step is bolstering the ETA Executive and Operational board.

If you are involved in Touch at whatever level from supporter to elite player, and feel that you would like to contribute to continuing the success of England Touch we would love to hear from you!

The ETA consists of a small, dedicated group of volunteers, which meet roughly once every 3-4 months at various locations throughout England. We’re looking to recruit more like-minded and enthusiastic volunteers for various roles, both within the committee and sub-committees to progress further.

We have a variety of areas open for you to get involved in: these include (but are not limited to) various development roles within the sport (especially in key areas of youth, women’s and regional development), roles within the High Performance team and also roles within the PR/Marketing Team.

Along with the above areas and following a re-structure and personnel changes of the ETA, the following positions have become vacant, the task description for these roles can be found by clicking each of the links above

If you would like to stand for any of these roles, please use the contact details below.

We would like to hear from all involved in Touch to gather your thoughts and ideas for furthering the bright future of the sport in this country, so please email if you have any input.

If you would like to play a larger part please put together a brief description of your current relevant experience and how you would like to assist in developing England Touch on the ‘Election of Office’ form and send to:




Annual Report 2014

Following a hugely successful year, with targets exceeded and exciting times ahead for the association, we review the year and look forward and plan for the future.

Our sport has continued to grow through increased participation and the continued dedication and contribution from outstanding people.

This years in-depth report has the following sections.

  • President Report and Association Overview
  • Vice President Report
  • Governance Review
  • Medical Team Review
  • RFU Partnership
  • Membership
  • Events and Competitions Review
  • Technical Review
  • Schools/Youth
  • High Performance
  • Marketing
  • Referees Report
  • Development
  • Sponsors and Partners
  • Finance Review


Annual report 2014

Please click here to view online (not mobile compatible)

Please click here to download



2014 AGM/OGM

All members of the ETA are invited to attend and participate in the meeting. All league operators, clubs or venues that contribute financially to the ETA are invited to attend by sending one representative, or committee member, on its behalf. We also welcome attendance from any league or club interested in becoming affiliated to the ETA.


Date: Saturday 6th December
Venue: Twickenham
Time: 10:00 – 15:00

Lunch will be provided as well as a stadium tour.



2014 AGM OGM Agenda v.07


Confirmation of attendance should be done by submitting the your information via this link:

Discussion Items

If there is anything specific that you would like to raise or discuss in the AGM or the OGM. Submit your info here:


Elections for Executive

During the AGM, elections will be held for the following:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Referee Director
  • Governance Director
  • Finance Director
  • Technical Director

People wishing to stand for one of these executive positions are required to do 3 things:

  1. Submit your info via this form:
  2. Submit an ‘ELECTION OF OFFICE’ form (the present incumbent don’t have to fill out the form):
  3. Be nominated and seconded by another member of the ETA. Only if no nominations have been received in advance of the AGM will they be accepted from the floor during the meeting.



Elections for Committee

Appointments of other positions on the ETA committee may be made at the same meeting (by the elected executive committee, comprised as per positions above).  These roles are:

  • PR / Marketing Director
  • Tournaments Director
  • Membership Director
  • High Performance Director
  • Development Director
  • Head of Medical Services
  • Secretary
  • RFU Liason

People wishing to stand for one of these committee positions are required to do 3 things:

  1. Submit your info via this form:
  2. Submit an ‘ELECTION OF OFFICE’ form:
  3. Be nominated and seconded by another member of the ETA. Only if no nominations have been received in advance of the AGM will they be accepted from the floor during the meeting.


Offering assistance in general

If anyone (other than the current appointed incumbent) wishes to express interest and like to offer their assistance to ETA in any other capacity) they should submit their info via this form:


Previous minutes and reports

The ETAs annual report, and all other minutes can be found here:




New appointment

Louaz Hofton – Strategic Development Advisor‏

With over 15 years in the sport and health sector, Louaz has covered most roles in sport from Coach, right through to National Executive of a national governing body of sport. This breadth of experience is now being used to support England Touch in its next phase of development.

Following completion of a BA (Hons) in Sport and Health Recreation Management, Louaz started in local authority sports development in community sport, with a focus on regeneration areas in Manchester.

Louaz then became a School Sport Partnership Development Manager based in the education sector focussing on high quality physical education and establishing community club links to ultimately raise the physical activity level of students in over 100 schools. While in this role, Louaz became a qualified teacher (PGCE) and completed his Masters in community sports development, and with his established reputation in sport, was elected by the England Handball Association (EHA) as the Director of Development in 2006, where he grew the game with limited resources at grass roots to then exceeding Sport England’s participation targets in 2012.

Having Louaz join us, with his wealth of knowledge that covers local, regional and national levels in sport is a great asset to England Touch. Louaz will be working closely with Gregg Cropper, ETA President, and is looking forward to working with England Touch to develop its strategy for the future.

CSSC Touch win in Verona

by Neil Irving, CSSC Player

CSSC London Touch won the 2014 Novello Cup in fair Verona on Saturday 4th October, topping a field of 18 teams drawn from across Europe. The club took to northern Italy with high hopes for both of its teams – the Ocelots, drawn from its NTS Phantoms squad, and the Allsorts, a mix of some from NTS, some from CTS and some up-and-comers.

On a sunny Venetian day the CSSC Ocelots started well, winning their first two games convincingly against Italian opposition, scoring 16 tries to 1. The path to touch glory never did run smooth, and the Ocelots were given a bumpy ride by a German team representing Munich, Cologne and Berlin. But they held out for a 4-3 win to top the group and go through to the cup knock out rounds unbeaten.

The Teutonic mini-scare seemed to stir the team and they powered through the quarter final 9-1, setting up a semi-final showdown with a strongly fancied North by Northwest team littered with players who had featured at the recent Euros for the Netherlands and Guernsey.

CSSC Ocelots approach the line against Dutch/Channel Island super team North by Northwest 

The semi was a fast, cagey game. The CSSC Ocelots took an early lead through the ever-effervescent Keisha Raymond-Blyth and worked feverishly to keep out waves of sharp attacks. But England 30s player and club coach Chris Wall converted an opportunity late on to close out an exhausting 2-0 win and seal a place in the final.
An all-England final was on the cards as London Galaxy took on Zurich Athletic in their semi final, but the prospects of a match up proved to be star-crossed as Galaxy were narrowly edged out by a late breakaway try that set up a Swiss/English cup final.

The two finalists – CSSC London Ocelots and Zurich Athletic 

Zurich had an array of dangerous runners and their larger squad looked fresh and confident. But they stumble that run fast, and by this point CSSC seemed in no mood to concede any more touchdowns, pinning ZA in their own half for long periods and snuffing out some smart mid-play when the ball did approach their line. In attack the Ocelots managed to find enough cutting edge to finish three of their chances to seal the game and the tournament.
The tournament win was founded on a mean defence that only let in 5 tries all day – testament to a strong work ethic and team understanding forged in five gruelling rounds of NTS in the English summer.

With twenty assists between them, the team’s creative edge came from Dan Wines – recently brought into the England 30s training squad – and Kiwi-honed technician Sean Lim. Chris Wall’s razor sharp finishing earned him 10 tries, whilst another England hopeful Claire Traynor’s strong running at link was ever a threat. The Veronese love their Chihuahuas and they doted equally on England Women 27s star Lois Lau, awarding her female MVP and a distinctive statuette depicting Romeo and Juliet locked in a tender embrace.

Female MVP Lois ‘chi chi’ Lau

The club’s strength in depth was showcased by an impressive performance from its second team. Despite being a scratch side, the CSSC Allsorts gelled quickly and were only narrowly defeated in the group stage by eventual finalists Zurich. Unfortunate to finish third in their group, they won all of their afternoon games to take top place in the lower half of the draw, and in Liam Wantenaar and Luke Roberts they had two of the stars of the tournament. The team was awarded a suitcase for playing in a ‘funny and correct’ manner – a deserved, if idiosyncratic, tribute to their positive approach and fair play.

The two teams had earned their post tournament pizza/pasta dinner and enjoyed a few glasses of Chianti with the other teams, entertained by Italy’s very finest Kiss tribute band.

Liam Wantenaar holds aloft the fair play award – a 40 litre upright softside cabin case with integrated wheel system.

If anyone understands Italian, they even made it into the Italian press – see link below:

England Medical Team – Recruitment

The England Touch Physiotherapist provides physiotherapy services:  encompassing assessment, treatment and management of all players associated with England Touch Association in partnership with The Head of Medical Services.

Job Time Line 2014/2015:

  • Closing date for application                November 30th
  • 2 days interviews – Manchester         December 20th  (a further date is TBC)
  • Training session – Manchester           February 21st
  • Training session – Manchester           April 11th
  • NTS – Venue TBC – Midlands            May: 30th
  • NTS – Venue TBC – South                 June: 13th
  • NTS – Venue TBC – North                 July 4th
  • NTS Final – Venue TBC                     July 18/19th
  • ETA Nationals – Venue TBC              August 7/8/9th


  • £40/day for NTS and National events
  • Travelling expenses dependent upon location

Principles and Responsibilities

Include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • To provide all aspects of physiotherapy care/trauma management
  • To liaise with all members of the medical team in treating and monitoring players injuries
  • Report to Head of Medical Services on all matters arising with players injuries and progress
  • Attend all training sessions to ensure adequate training for NTS medical cover
  • Attend a minimum of 1 tournament and provide pitch side cover, first aid, assessment and management of injuries
  • Be trained and up to date with emergency medical procedures and acute pitch side care (including spinal injuries and cardiopulmonary resuscitation as a qualified physiotherapist)
  • Keep up to date records of assessment, treatment and plan of all players involved in care


Performance measures

  • Develop and maintain effective communication skills with Head of Medical Services, tournament organiser and the medical staff
  • Provide accurate documentation of injuries, treatment and rehab progress.
  • Provide end of match report and end of tournament report to the Head of Medical Services.


Knowledge and Experience Required


  • Degree in Physiotherapy
  • Chartered Physiotherapist
  • Qualified minimum 3 years
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • 1-2 years’ experience working in MSK
  • Pitch side or emergency medical qualification
  • Taping skills


  • 1-2 years’ experience working as a team therapist


Reporting to

Head of Medical Services, Cari Thorpe.


CLOSING DATE: 30th November 2014

If you are interested in applying for the role please forward a covering letter and CV with relevant experience to:




Men’s 30s European experience

The build up to 2014 European championships began back in late 2013. The training squads were announced and the team met for the first time in Manchester. The next nine months saw the Mongrels (the affectionate self nickname for the M30s), loose some players (Barney, Grant, Pete) and gain some late joiners (Marcus & Simon).

Training was varied and challenging, the highlights included a rugby league world cup finals (Nath is still smiling), giant eagle avoidance (Will still has the scars), last minute calls to London, video analysis, learning the playbook, bromances and many laughs along the way.

Tournament Day 1
For several guys this tournament was their first time playing for England and each and every player over the four days stepped up and demonstrated why they deserved to be wearing the England shirt.
The tournament structure for the Mongrels was slightly different to the other England teams due to the lack of M30 teams we were to play in the Mens 35s league for the round robin and then a three match final against the only other M30 team from Ireland.
Game 1 – England M35
Having played against each other several times during the build up to the tournament, the outcome now had something riding on it. It was a strong performance from the Mongrels and set the campaign off to a great start winning 6-1.
Game 2 – France M35
Many of the French team had been part of the victorious European 2012 team including the silver fox. Having played the first game in the morning there had been a lot of waiting around until this game tapped off at 5.20 in the evening. The French had a blistering first half running in 6 scores to 1. Whilst the second half saw a strong fight back from the Mongrels including a period when they were down to five on the pitch and didn’t concede, the gap was too big to claw back with the final result going the way of France 10-6.


Tournament Day 2
Game 3 – Switzerland M35
Feeling refreshed and ready to get back on the winning track, Switzerland were the next challenge. The Mongrels soon found their rhythm and ran out 14-1 winners, big credit must go to the Switzerland players who were relatively inexperienced at touch, but never gave up and did themselves proud.
Game 4 – Ireland M30
This was the first of four meetings between the two teams and was going allow both teams a taster of what could be expected in the three match final. The Mongrels played to their patterns and ran out 10-3 winners, which was hopefully a good sign for things to come.
Game 5 – Wales M35
This game saw the Mongrels play on the show pitch for the first (and only) time. The first half ended 1-1 however the Mongrels were feeling confident having held the Welsh attack away from their line for the majority of the half. The second half however didn’t go as expected and for the second time in two days the late tap off game saw the Mongrels go down 7-4.

Tournament Day 3
Game 6 – Scotland M35
The loss at the end of the previous day served once again as fuel for the Mongrels to up their performance and play to their potential. Once again going back to their tried and trusted patterns the Mongrels found their flow and came out victors 16-2.

Game 7 – Final game 1 Ireland M30
The first of the three games was seen as pivotal, the team going to bed one up would definitely sleep better and feel confident going into the final day. The Mongrels played the first half going down hill, but were only a couple of scores up at half time. Confidence in the basics and ensuring that our patterns were followed saw the final score 9-1 in the favour of the Mongrels.
Not resting on their laurels that evening the team undertook video analysis to tighten up on the areas that could be exposed.

Tournament Day 4
Game 8 – Final game 2 Ireland M30
Both teams returned to field 3 to recommence battle and luckily managed to avoid the after effects of hurricane Bertha that swept through Swansea in the morning. The Mongrels knew that victory in the morning would seal the title, the Irish knew that winning this game would give them massive momentum going in the third game. The pressure (and the damp ball) showed, with the score remaining close throughout, however the wet weather training from the Manchester NTS/CTS tournament gave the England M30s the confidence and self belief to take the victory and the European Championship 7-3.


Game 9 – Final game 3 Ireland M30
With pride to play for both teams went hard at the game with the Mongrels winning 11-3.


The 9+ months of training culminated in triumph for the Mongrels, which their “sister act” celebrations reinforced.
A massive thank you to Nathan, Marnie and Anna for the hours that you dedicated to the game plan, putting together the moves, coaching and managing us, the extensive questioning that accompanied the video analysis and the herding of the Mongrels which may be even more difficult than cats, not to forget that at the end of it we were all still smiling.
For all players involved it will be an experience that no-one can take away from us.


European Touch Champions – Women’s Open

A huge congratulations to the England Women’s Open (EWO) team who are European Touch Champions for 2014, remaining undefeated in all ten games across the four-day competition and retaining their title for the 7th Euros tournament running. It also saw their winning streak extended from 2002-2014 of 52 games at Euros.

Here’s a recap on how we did it…

From announcement of the EWO training squad in October 2013 through to the first tap off of the European Touch Championships 2014, the EWO team has put in time, effort, sweat, smiles and tears to the EWO training programme. We have taken part in skills, drills, agility tests and the dreaded Yo-Yo test (a number of times!) and have seen a huge improvement in scores throughout the campaign. Preparation and hard work was the key to our success.

We were all packed and really excited to arrive in Swansea, the sun was shining and we were able to cheer on the England Under 18s team in their final against Wales. We were even more excited to find out that our very own Kylie Hutchinson, with an amazing 57 England caps, would be bearing a flag for England during the opening ceremony.

The England Women’s Open division was certainly one of the more difficult across the competition with teams from Wales, Scotland, Spain, France, Belgium and Ireland battling it out to become Women’s Open European Champions 2014. Day one of the competition was now here, and this was our chance to demonstrate the hard work we had put in over the last few months.

Led by Captain Susan Kidd, our first game was against Ireland, a comfortable 14–0 win for England, with 9 EWO players picking up a touchdown. We had a lot of confidence going into game 2 against Scotland, our defence was tested in the opening half. Our defensive strategies came into play, and we demonstrated some brilliant awareness in attack resulting in a 13–1 win to England.

There was a bit of a break before game three which gave us time to relax and take in some of the sights of the competition.

After the break, it was game time again, and this time against our biggest rivals, Wales! It was a nervous start from both teams, neither really being able to break through the well drilled defensive lines and with the score at 2-1 to England at half time, the game really could have gone either way. But after a half time team talk from Coach Tim Osborne and newly appointed ‘Technical Director’ Nick Matenga, we switched on with a 4-1 win in the second half resulting in a closely fought 6-2 win overall for England against Wales, and the end of Day 1.

After an ice bath and some food we had our daily team meeting followed by some well-deserved chill-out time, ready to rest and recoup for the final two days of the competition.

We went on to win every seeding game, beating Belgium 11-5, France 18-2 and Spain 14-3. By this stage the team was perfectly gelled together and the nerves were fading as we played our best and pulled off some fantastic moves. We continued our winning streak in the pool rounds beating Spain once again but by two additional touchdowns, 16-3, facing Wales again and winning 6-1 and after a slow start (1-1 at half time) and beating Scotland 6-1, which meant we were now in the final.

Despite the terrible weather earlier on, the sun came out shining for the final against Wales. We had beaten them twice before in the competition, but we knew that Wales had the skills and determination to put up a fight for the final, especially with their home crowd behind them.

You can’t really put into words the emotion of the girls prior to the game, or the skill, technique and positive approach of the EWO’s during the game. Luckily the final was caught on video so you can see for yourself!

The result, a 6-3 win for England, Women’s Open European Touch Champions 2014!

The EWO’s have so many people to thank for their support over the last few months, they simply cannot all be named here. Special mentions go to:

Addie ‘The Lion’ Drut provided us with great entertainment throughout the tournament and kept our spirits high!


Assistant Coach Kellie-Lee James and baby Nate, our new number one supporter (so cute!).

Captain Susan Kidd and senior players Marnie Wills who also assisted with EWO (and England Men’s 30’s!) coaching during the campaign.

Nick Matenga for his awesome support in the box. And of course, our Coach and all round superhero Tim Osborne. Tim has once again proved that he clearly isn’t a newbie to this game, leading the EWO’s to yet another championship title. In addition to his work leading England’s high performance team, his hard work, dedication and focus on the EWO’s has been a huge inspiration to the England players and especially to the EWO’s, thank you.

England Women’s Open, European Touch Champions 2014




Intermediate Coaching Course

When: 25th & 26th October
Where: Bankes Avenue Playing Fields, Bankes Avenue, Orrell, Lancs, WN5 8HU
Type: Intermediate Coaching Course
Time: Sat: 9.00am-4.30pm
Sun: 10.00am-2.30pm
Cost: £55
How to register: Please email

Intermediate / Level One

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



England Touch continue Steeden deal

England Touch is proud to continue our deal where clubs can purchase the latest Federation of International Touch rated Steeden balls at a reduced rate.

The Classic Touch ball is available at £13.50 (plus delivery*), while the training ball is available for just £11.50 (plus delivery*).
*Free delivery on all orders over £125.

To order your balls contact