National Head Coaches – Deadline Extended

Following a very successful Touch World Cup campaign in 2015, England Touch has commenced the process to appoint Head Coaches for their National Squads. Coaching appointments will be for a two-year term – covering European Touch Championships 2016 and Home Nations 2017.

All head coaching positions are to be considered open for appointment.

It is highly desirable for Head Coaches for Open sides to be non-playing coaches. It is permissible for Head Coaches in Seniors/Masters divisions to be playing coaches (within their team), but if this is the case, the Assistant Coach must be a non-playing coach (i.e. not be playing for any team).Ben Smith and Pete Walters

This is a non-paid role. Time commitment will necessitate 2-10 hours of planning and review work on a week-to-week basis (the workload varies throughout the campaign) in addition to England training sessions and delivering additional coaching clinics with other teams/groups as required.

Unsuccessful applications will be held on file and reviewed for the Assistant Coach appointments.

 

Selection Panel

  • Ben Powell, England Touch Technical Director (co-chair)
  • Tim Osborne, England Touch High Performance Director (co-chair)
  • Anna Stibbs, former England Women’s Open captain
  • Steven Hughes, ACT Touch, England Touch TWC15 Assistant Coach
  • Sandra Hughes, ACT Touch, England Touch TWC15 Team Manager

 

Timeline

  • 04 June 2015 – Job Advert and Job Description released
  • 02 July 2015 – deadline for submission of applications
  • TBC – formal appointments announced
  • TBC – Head Coaches meeting in Manchester

 

Head Coaching posts

  1. Juniors (potentially three separate positions: Mixed 18s, Boys 18s, Girls 18s)
  2. Mixed Open
  3. Men’s Open
  4. Women’s Open
  5. Mixed Senior
  6. Men’s 30s
  7. Women’s 27s
  8. Men’s 35s
  9. Men’s 40s
  10. Men’s 45s/50s

 

Required links

Job Advert – National Squad_Head Coach_Job Advert_ISSUE-150604

Job Description – National Squad_Head Coach_Job Description_ISSUE-150604

Application Form – National Squad_Head Coach_Application Form_ISSUE-150604

 

Closing date:

Applications close on the 18th June, 2015.

Please send completed applications to: Tim@englandtouch.org.uk & Ben@englandtouch.org.uk

 

Ladies Super League Sunday – Super Success

The first of three, day-long women’s ‘Super Sunday’ Touch tournaments, organised by the UK’s largest all-women, Midlands based Touch league was a big success

The event on Sunday 21 June at Old Laurentians Rugby Club was organised by the Midlands Ladies Touch League (MLTL) and 14 teams, out of 16 from across the Midlands played on the day, involving more than 160 women aged 13 and upwards.

The results from the day were:

1st Pershore 16 points
2nd Wellesbourne 15 points
3rd Camp Hill 14 points
3rd Stratford 14 points
5th Redditch 12 points
6th Greyhounds 11 points
7th Berkeswell + Balsall 10 points
8th Old Laurentians 9 points
9th Ross 8 points
10th Newbold 7 points
11th Bredon B 6 points
12th Cannock 5 points
13th Rugby SA 4 points
14th Bredon A (no points, since second team)

 

These points will be added to those won at the next two Super Sundays and the team with the highest final score will take the MLTL overall champions’ shield.  Second highest will receive the runners up trophy.  This is separate from each of the leagues running in the NE and the SW, which will have their own area champions and runners up.

Fizz Bewley, Administrator for the MLTL said: “ Since our league divided into two areas this season we a have played in separate NE and SW tournaments every month, so this was the first time all of our teams have met up again as a whole region, which was brilliant!  The standard of play was very high too and a really close contest between all of the teams, which made for a great tournament.  The only shame was that Bromyard, Berry Hill and Luctonians could not be there to share the day with us – we hope they can at the next one at Stratford on 12 July.

Because it is non contact, anyone can play – whole families in mixed or single sex events and it is a brilliant way to get fit, make friends and have a lot of fun.  The MLTL is an open league and new teams can enter at any time in the season and women of all ages can find a club near them and have a go.  Nearly 200 women now play regularly in the league.”

Each of the MLTL regions hosts six regional league tournaments in the 2015 touch season, which runs from March to November, to find their regional champion.  The three, all-team “Super Sunday” tournaments: two in the summer and a final in the autumn, will decide the overall MLTL winners.

The MLTL, which is affiliated to the England Touch Association, organises tournaments at all of these clubs, which play to Federation of International Touch (FIT) rules, with trained referees and coaches.

For further information please contact Fizz Bewley – 01905 381 080 / 07791 546 541

 

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Manchester DTS – 2015

The weather was typical of Manchester, as the sun shone down on us for the duration of the tournament, dismissing rumours that it only ever rains in Manchester!

Thanks to everyone who helped out in the very successful running of the 3rd leg of the Steeden England Touch DTS in Manchester.
New England Touch stash turned up in time for the NTS CTS in Maidenhead next weekend so we had the opportunity to test drive it at our event. It looks great too. Thanks to the 3 series sponsors for being onboard this season, it’s great to have such great support from Belief Sports, SPORTTAPE and Steeden over the season.
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Thanks to all the full and part time referees from the host club and surrounding areas, the most non-player referees DTS so far, a big achievement for the club! You all did a stirling job and your assistance hasn’t gone unnoticed. The improvements of the referees over the day and the feedback from England’s NDR, Shelley Grace was really positive. Upgrades coming to some of our referees too, great news for the region.
  1. Adam Brimelow
  2. Gregg Cropper
  3. Kevin Hill
  4. Zack Romanu
  5. Matthew Walker
  6. Mike Murray
  7. Daniel Wines
  8. Paul Riordan
  9. Huw Buckley
  10. John Peet
  11. Dan Twist
  12. Mike Mulroy
Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) brought a contingent of physiotherapy students to be on hand for the day, overseen by Cari Thorpe, the ETA medical director. A big thanks to those guys for supporting our tournament, they were all very professional and we hope they go on to make great Physios as we know they can.
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The step up in skill level and structured play was very noticeable from previous DTS events as at this stage teams vie not only for silverware, but also a spot in the finals weekend, which is an invite only ‘Top 8*’ in Cambridge, coinciding with the 2015 Touch Nationals, on Sunday August 9th.
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An amazing job by our cake bakers/sellers too. We managed to raise an outstanding £300 for our friend Mex. Thanks to those who baked and bought the cake. More of the same at the Manchester NTS/CTS too, so bring your cash and your sweet tooth! #CancerCanWait
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A big thanks to England Touch events director Kevin Hill and Referee Director Shelley Grace for overseeing the event too.
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Thanks to the host Club, Altrincham Kersal RFC, fantastic hosts and great BarBQ put on too. Thanks to Mel, Pablo, BarBQ guy and Neil for all your efforts. We hope to host there again in the future too. See you Monday nights for the Fully Charged Events summer #O2Touch league.
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There were lots of helpers at the event too, thanks to everyone involved who made it a success, the biggest thanks must also go to the clubs chairman Gregg Cropper, who meticulously organised the event from start to finish as well as donning his yellow jersey to referee the competition too.
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Chargers had players in 4 different teams, ensuring all teams had enough players to participate and compete. They were also proud to have took an emerging 11 year old star into the squad for the day to give her the experience of playing Touch at that level and growing her confidence as she went. Her mentors for the day had nothing but praise for her, and current WO player Pam Tomlinson, who played against young Macy, quoted “Well played Macy. We tried to score round you, but failed! Hope to see you at the next one”
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Winners:

Manchester DTS Cup Winners 2015
Sandymount Touch, beating Canterbury Cougars 6-3 in the final, a reversal of the last round.
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Manchester DTS Plate Winners 2015
Halton Storm, beating Chester Cheetahs 7-2 in final. Great to see the lad and dad Tu’iono combo in the middle of the park, with that Polynesian flair.
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Manchester DTS Bowl Winners 2015
Wigan Touch, beating CSSC 3-2 in a close game.
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Manchester DTS Shield Winners 2015
Lincoln Touch, winning the playoffs on point difference.
Great team spirit from this team, as they all donned their charity socks for the late Mike Beard and did him proud on the pitch by winning the clubs first price of silverware to date.
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Manchester DTS Wooden Spoon Winners 2015
Warwick Touch. Club representative Adrian Fear shown here, a great ambassador for the club.
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MVP

Female – Zoe O’Rourke (Lincoln Touch).
A great tournament from Zoe, hand picked to be MVP by host club for her speed, agility and skill level. This girl has big potential!
Female MVP - Zoe ORourke
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Male – Harry Ratcliffe (Halton Storm)
A great ‘body on the line’ youngster with bags of fighting spirit.
Male MVP - Harry Radcliff
Well done everyone and look forward to seeing you over the summer as we all play and grow the sport we love!
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Results

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Team pics and feedback

We’ve had some great feedback on social media, here’s a collection.
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Photos

Photos of the day are on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/manchesterchargers/DTS2015
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Midlands All-Ladies ‘Super Sunday’ Tournament

The first of three day-long women’s ‘Super Sunday’ Touch (rugby) tournaments, organised by the UK’s largest all-women touch league, which is based in the Midlands, will be staged on Sunday 21 June at Old Laurentians Rugby Club.

The event is being organised by the Midlands Ladies Touch League (MLTL) and any woman aged 13 and upwards can join one of the teams taking part in and have a go at this fast and exciting non-contact sport, which involves passing and running with the ball to score touch downs. Play will start at 11am and finish around 5pm.

Fizz Bewley, Administrator for the MLTL says that Touch is one of the fastest growing sports for women in the Midlands:  “ Because it is non contact, anyone can play – whole families in mixed or single gender events and it is a brilliant way to get fit, make friends and have a lot of fun.  The MLTL is an open league and new teams can enter at any time in the season and women of all ages can find a club near them and have a go.”

The league has grown massively in the last year and 16 women’s teams with around 200 women now regularly play, which means that the league, from this season, has been divided in two regions – North East and South West.  Each of the regions hosts six regional league tournaments in the 2015 Touch season, which runs from March to November, to find their regional champion.  The three, all-team “Super Sunday” tournaments: two in the summer and a final in the autumn, will decide the overall MLTL winners.

The 16, all-women teams that will compete at the first Super Sunday on 21 June are: Pershore, Redditch, Bredon (Worcestershire); Bromyard, Luctonians, Greyhounds, Ross (Herefordshire); Berry Hill (Gloucestershire); Stratford, Wellesbourne, Old Laurentians, Berkeswell & Balsall, Rugby SA, Newbold (Warwickshire); Camp Hill (Solihull); and Cannock (Staffordshire).

The MLTL, which is affiliated to the England Touch Association, organises tournaments at all of these clubs, which play to Federation of International Touch (FIT) rules, with trained referees and coaches.

Check them out on the BBC Website too: ‘Get Inspired