After a hugely successful #TouchNationals and Open Trials, the England Touch High Performance Team along with the elite coaches have announced players for the upcoming Junior Touch Championships in Nottingham over the weekend of 22/23 August 2015.
Congratulations to those players selected into the squad. This is the start of an incredible journey and this tournament is yours and your team’s chance to achieve something special that only a few have achieved, so take this opportunity and give it everything you’ve got.
Commiserations to those who missed out. The standard was exceptionally high this year and the choices that had to be made were incredibly difficult.
We are permitted to take 16 Players to the event and have a further 2 non travelling reserves … the final Squad selection will take place just prior to the Tournament.
2015 Mixed Under 18s – England Touch Team
– Adam Bailey
– Tomas Bartlett
– Adam Brimelow
– Freya Burt
– Euan Kelly
– Will Lawrence
– Sam Lawton-Davies
– Poppy Martin
– Hannah Murphy
– Georgie Perris-Redding
– India Perris-Redding
– Toby Phillips
– Samuel Sibley
– Matt Smart
– Bronte Sykes
– Salesi Tu’iono
– Catherine Walker
As part of the growth of Touch in this country, England Touch are continuing to expand the game in all areas and over the next year exciting plans are afoot to grow our existing Touch Series to 3 tiers, and also hold a series of Development Days with coaching from qualified England Touch coaches. Keep an eye on the England Touch website for further information on these. Please continue to in playing Touch and trial again next year, everyone will again be fighting for a spot as no ones place is guaranteed.
England Touch is very pleased to announce that their flag bearers for the Opening Ceremony of the Touch World Cup on 28 April 2015 in Coffs Harbour, Australia are:
- Susannah ‘Zan’ HUDSON (England Women’s Open)
- Adam ‘Reidy’ REID (England Mixed Open)
#TWC15 will be Zan’s sixth international tournament for England having debuted in 2010, and played in three European Championships, one World Cup and one Home Nations. Zan was appointed Women’s Open vice-captain in 2014, co-captain in 2015 and has a total of 41 caps and 29 touchdowns. Zan’s international experience belies her young age and she will hopefully be a critical contributor in Coffs Harbour and beyond for England.
#TWC15 will also be Reidy’s sixth international tournament for England, having been first selected to represent England in 2010. In 2012, Adam was appointed the Mixed Open captain for the 2012 European Championships and this will be his fourth international campaign in this role. He has a total of 33 caps and 45 touchdowns. In his role as captain, Reidy has been a huge motivational and organising force for Mixed Open.
Saturday 21th March saw the second 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. It was also partnered with Belief Sports ltd and #ThisGirlCan campaign.
It was the biggest women’s Touch competition in the Northern Hemisphere with 20 teams taking part from all over the UK. This was an increase of over a third from last year’s tournament.
We were once again overwhelmed with the number of teams that entered, with many travelling from afar, including a team that flew in from Dublin. Due to the high level of interest, we were unfortunately unable to accept all entries this year, but hope to accommodate all teams who missed out next year.
Thankfully the weather had some flashes of spring throughout the day helping with the tournament living up to its name.
One of the main aims of the tournament was to develop women’s Touch, therefore each club was 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. It was great to see so many new faces mixed in amongst some of the more experienced players.
As well as developing players we also used this tournament as an opportunity to develop referees in the South West. There were a lot of new or relatively inexperienced refs who did a great job.
The winners of the prizes that were up for grabs were as follows:
- Cup Final – No Balls Allowed Bristol vs Galaxy. NBA Bristol won 4-3 in a drop off
- Plate final – Vikings vs Chargers Chicks. Vikings won 5-2
- Bowl Final – Oxford Touch Ladies vs Oakmeadians Touch RFC. Oxford Touch Ladies won 2-1
- Shield Final – Bath Hawkers (Bath Uni) vs Chippenham Cheetahs. Bath Hawkers won 3-2
- Salver Final – Tena Ladies vs London Business School. Tena ladies Won 2-1
Most Valuable Player award
- Martine Coombe – Kingswood Rugby Club
Most valuable Referee
- Aoife Mcarthy
Due to the huge success of the tournament once again, The Spring Chick will certainly be an annual event, therefore look out for it this time next year and hopefully it will be even bigger and better. Please get your entries in quickly to avoid disappointment!
The Big red bus bar went down a treat providing food and drink to players and spectators throughout the day. It also provided a good place for a team talk as demonstrated by the London Business School team!
See the video of the day…
Our course presenters have definitely been racking up the miles these last few months as they’ve travelled length and breadth of the country and into Europe to spread the knowledge of our great game.
Intermediate Coaching Course: Southampton, November 2014
Southampton University were the hosts of the final Intermediate Level Coaching Course for 2014. Strongly attended by university students, the course had a fantastic atmosphere and was clear evidence of our great game attracting a younger generation who are keen to get out and spread their touch knowledge. 19 new FIT Intermediate Coaches were accredited over the weekend.
Intermediate Coaching Course: Berlin, January 2015
The ETA Technical Director, Ben Powell went over to Berlin to deliver a FIT Intermediate Coaching Course to representatives from Berlin, Frankfurt and Hamburg. The course was attended by 17 participants, all of which added to the excellent atmosphere throughout the weekend. Coaching in Germany is certainly increasing in profile and with 17 new coaches, I’m sure they will be sharing their knowledge throughout their clubs and beyond!
Intermediate Coaching Course: Bournemouth, January 2015
Bournemouth Oakmedians were the hosts for the first FIT Intermediate Level Coaching Course for 2015 in England. With 23 participants there was plenty of discussion throughout the 2 days, followed with some creative practical sessions. The Bournemouth area are quickly becoming a ‘hotbed’ for touch development, and 23 new FIT Intermediate Coaches, the development is set to continue!
Intermediate Coaching Course: Droitwich, February 2015
Droitwich RFC hosted an extremely well attended FIT Intermediate Coaching Course, with 24 participants attending, and most importantly, gaining accreditation over the weekend. The contribution from the participants was excellent and made for an open and engaging atmosphere over the weekend.
Intermediate Coaching Course: Cambridge, February 2015
Cambridge Touch Association hosted another FIT Intermediate Coaching Course delivered by the ETA. The course was attended by 16 participants from various backgrounds; which allowed for a productive atmosphere over the course of the weekend. Participant contribution was in abundance and some of the practical sessions delivered by the newly accredited coaches was engaging and creative.
Community Coaching Course: Wixams, March 2015
Wixams hosted the first Community Coaching Course of 2015 in England. The course was attended by 12 participants from 3 different clubs. The afternoon was full of sharing ideas and information, which was followed by a practical session which focussed on both coach and player development.
Looking to upskill yourself or someone at yourself or someone at your club, then put your name down on the list for one of these course.
Below is a list of Good Luck messages from a range of well known figures, wishing the England Touch teams, the very best of luck in the upcoming World Cup.
England Touch President, Gregg Cropper, said:
This is a wonderful boost for us. Knowing we have the support of all these sporting heroes is very inspirational for our teams’ preparations. It’s a great reminder too that there are so many champions in England who’ve succeeded through hard work and determination. After the Olympics and so many recent English successes, this is just what we needed to go do it in Australia. Thanks to all those who’ve sent us kind and encouraging messages.
The England teams head to Australia this April, where the World Cup 2015 will be contested in Coffs Harbour in New South Wales from 29 April – 3 May.
Daye left his mark in boxing history becoming only the second man after Evander Holyfield to become an undisputed world Cruiserweight champion, then go on to win a world heavyweight title.
800m European and World medallist.
John Challis – aka Boycie
A fictional character in the popular BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses.
Caroline Pearce aka Gladiator Ice
English athlete, sports model and is the presenter for BT Sport’s UFC. Caroline also competed in Sky One’s version of Gladiators, as ICE.
James Haskell, English rugby union player who currently plays for and captains London Wasps in the Aviva Premiership and internationally for England.
Katy McLean and Amber Reed
Katy McLean MBE is an English female rugby player, who is currently captain of England Women and captained them to victory against Canada in the 2014 France Rugby World Cup.
Amber Reed is a female rugby union player. She played at the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup as a member of England’s squad
Dan Murphy is a rugby union player for Gloucester Rugby in the Aviva Premiership.
Northampton Saints RFC
Northampton Saints RFC rugby union players wish the England Touch teams good luck on their #RoadToOz
Ben Kelsey (Strongman)
Ben Kelsey is England’s Strongest Man and World’s Strongest man (Middleweight Division).
English hockey player and London 2012 Olympic medal-winner
Kevin Boothe – Oakland Raiders
Kevin Mark Boothe is an American football offensive lineman for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL)
New Zealand rugby union player, currently playing with South African Super Rugby side the Sharks.
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