Happy New Year!

Reviewing 2015

It’s been a pretty epic year for #EnglandTouch: We sent 7 teams to the Touch World Cup 2015 in Australia, coming away joint 3rd and with 3 bronze medals.

We successfully hosted the first stand alone Junior Touch Championships in Nottingham, culminating in winning 3 Silver Medals.

Our #TouchNationals were bigger than ever as we begin to build into our next cycle whilst introducing lots of new players into the sport.

We are now all looking forward and are very excited for 2016:

Our Belief NTS/ Sporttape CTS events will be hosted by ourselves, the ever growing Steeden DTS goes more regional and the UTS will flourish getting a new age of players playing Touch.

The Nationals will see even more categories including 2 x 15s, 4 x 18s, 2 x W27s and many more mixed sides too.

We will also see the introduction of men’s and women’s competitions too, to assist the single gender game over the summer.

Jersey Touch will host the European Touch Championships, where we will aim to retain our title(s) as we look to enter all available categories. Touch Nederland is set to host the #JTC2016, with the new mixed 15s division along with the 3 X 18s.

Busy and exciting times for Touch in England… Here’s how to #GetInvolved 

Non-Executive Board Members

Do you have a passion for sport and the drive to influence the strategic direction of a national governing body?

England Touch is seeking to appoint Non-Executive Board Members to make a significant contribution in maximising the opportunities for growth while delivering senior level expertise on strategy, finance and governance.

The board operates in conjunction with the committee and has overall responsibility for the performance and direction of England Touch.

Led by the CEO, the board is made up of a further five members (Finance, Governance, Events, High Performance, Technical). The post is for a two year term, effective from February 2016. Post holders will be required to attend board/planning meetings as well as the Annual General Meeting.

For more information about these roles and how to apply, please visit http://englandtouch.org.uk/wp/index.php/why-eta/vacancies/ 

If you know anyone interested, please help us spread the word.

2016 AGM

Dear members,

All members of the ETA are invited to attend and participate in the annual AGM/OGM meeting(s). All league operators, clubs or venues affiliated to England Touch are invited to send one representative, or committee member, on its behalf. We also welcome attendance from any league or club interested in becoming affiliated to England Touch.

Details

  • Date: Sunday 21st February 2016
  • Venue: Manchester
  • Time: 09:00 – 10:00 (AGM). 10:00 – 13:00 (OGM). Timings are approximate.


Submit your information for attendance and/or discussion items:

Please respond via this link, no later than Friday 8th Jan 2016 to be included in further email communication, confirming your attendance and/or proxy vote.

The AGM agenda is set, however if there is anything specific that you would like to raise or discuss in the OGM, submit these via the above link too.

 

Elections for Executive

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

  • CEO (Formerly President)
  • Tournaments Director
  • Governance Director
  • Finance Director (recruited independently and appointed by the Executive)
  • Technical Director
  • High Performance Director

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

  1. Submit info via the form link: https://goo.gl/2xlGkD
  2. Submit an ‘ELECTION OF OFFICE’ form: http://goo.gl/nRJQEP
  3. Be nominated and seconded by another member of the ETA.

Note. The current appointed incumbent do not need to submit election of office form, but do need to indicate that they’re looking to re-stand. Only if no nominations have been received in advance of the AGM will may 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:

  • Marketing & PR Manager
  • Referee Manager
  • Membership, Affiliation & Insurance Manager
  • Development Manager
  • Medical Services Manager (recruited independently and appointed by the Executive)

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

  1. Submit info via the form link : https://goo.gl/2xlGkD
  2. Submit an ‘ELECTION OF OFFICE’ form: http://goo.gl/nRJQEP
  3. Be nominated and seconded by another member of the ETA.

Note. The current appointed incumbent do not need to submit election of office form, but do need to indicate that they’re looking to re-stand.

Elections for Sub-Committee

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

  • Schools Liaison
  • Secretary
  • Liaison Officer
  • Safeguarding Officer
  • Disclosure Manager
  • Apparel Co-ordinator
  • Commercial / Sponsorship Manager
  • Website Manager
  • Social Media Developer
  • Social Media Co-Ordinator

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

  1. Submit info via the form link : https://goo.gl/2xlGkD
  2. Submit an ‘ELECTION OF OFFICE’ form: http://goo.gl/nRJQEP
  3. Be nominated and seconded by another member of the ETA.

Note. The current appointed incumbent do not need to submit election of office form, but do need to indicate that they’re looking to re-stand.

 

Elections for Non Executive Director

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

  •  Non Executive Director (Sport)
  •  Non Executive Director (Non-Sport)

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

  1. Submit info via the form link : https://goo.gl/2xlGkD
  2. Submit an ‘ELECTION OF OFFICE’ form: http://goo.gl/nRJQEP
  3. Be nominated and seconded by another member of the ETA.

 

Offering assistance in general

If anyone (other than the current appointed incumbent) wishes to express interest to offer their assistance to ETA in any other capacity they should submit their info via this form: https://goo.gl/2xlGkD

 

Previous minutes and reports

The ETA’s annual report, and all other minutes can be found here: http://www.englandtouch.org.uk/index.php/why-eta/agm-annual-report/

 

Please note: Final date for submission of application is Friday 15th January.

L1 referees course in Norwich

L1 course at Norwich on 28.11.2015. 16 participants who all successfully passed the written test with great scores. The venue and organisation for the course was excellent. Uma Ramaswami was the L1 course presenter.  Feedback was very positive overall. The participants were keen to learn and wanted more time for on field course work!
Feedback from Soul Phoenix, Development officer for the Eastern Region and representative for Norwich and UEA Touch.

“This course has elevated my understanding of the game and will have a fantastic impact on my performance. The truth is that after doing this course I wonder how I actually managed without it. Whether you’re a player wanting to improve your performance or you’re considering getting into refereeing this course is quite simply a must.”

Keep checking our ‘Referee Courses‘ page for updates on up and coming Referee Course dates.

For further details and information on the courses, please contact England Touch Referee Course Coordinator refcourses@englandtouch.org.uk

ETA Committee Reviews 2015 and Commences Future Planning


On Saturday 28th November, eleven England Touch committee members convened at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes. The purpose of the meeting was to participate in a day of interactive workshops and presentations, reflecting on an extremely busy 2015 and to commence thinking about and planning for 2016 and beyond.

The day began with a session delivered by a special guest from Badminton England, Andy Dyke, Product Development Manager. He shared some Badminton England insights and introduced the group to the Sport England High Performing NGB framework.

This prompted an interesting discussion on how to best use such a framework to provide clarity on direction and vision, ensure customer and staff satisfaction and build sustained growth for England Touch. The access to knowledge and experience of another national governing body was gratefully received, and the committee ensured that Andy was kept on his toes fielding lots of questions.


Each committee member then gave a presentation on their areas of responsibility: summarising what they have done over the last 12 months, identifying challenges and opportunities, and finally outlining their plans for the next 12 months. All the while, other committee members were encouraged to ‘check and challenge’ the presentations and plenty of discussion (and debates) ensued. The group came away with a set of action points aimed at continuing to improve England Touch operations, relationships and product delivery.


The day was not all work and no play. Following a very productive eight hours in the boardroom, the group set off for some well-deserved team bonding time. After an early dinner at Turtle Bay, it was time to head down the slopes at the Milton Keynes Snozone for some skiing and snowboarding. The beginners’ lessons provided ample laughter – and even including a passing drill for those on skis!

This meeting was the first of its sort. It is hoped that these days will become bi-annual occurrence to promote best practice, share key learnings, ensure committee members don’t work in isolation, and to strengthen critical working relationships between committee members.


England Touch 2016 Calendar

National and Challenge Touch Series 

Dates and venues for the UK’s premier Touch series have now been confirmed. The countries top 28 teams, with 3 new additions to the line up will battle it out for silverware at each event and vie to become the crowned champions. 

NTS/CTS Round 1 – Nottingham
Saturday 16th April
(University of Nottingham, University Park Campus, University Blvd, Lenton, Nottingham NG7 2RD)

NTS/CTS Round 2 – Cambridge
Saturday 30th April
(One Leisure St Ives Outdoor, California Rd, Saint Ives, Cambridge PE27 6SJ)

NTS/CTS Round 3 – Coventry
Saturday 28th May
(Broadstreet Rugby Club, 105 Rugby Rd, Binley Woods, Coventry, Warwickshire CV3 2AY)

NTS/CTS Final – Manchester
Saturday 23 July

NTS 2016 Teams

NTS_Belief

1. Bareback Riders 9. London Scorpions
2. Hot Custard 10. Nottingham Hoods
3. Tumeke Sports 11. CSSC Phantoms
4. Cambridge Hornets 12. Manchester Chargers
5. Wigan Touch Warriors 13. Bristol Fijians
6. London Galaxy 14. Oxford Touch
7. Galaxy Knights 15. Cambridge Bees
8. Thames Valley Vikings 16. Canterbury Cougars

CTS 2016 Teams

CTS_Sporttape

1. Galaxy CTS 7. Thames Valley Vikings
2. Custard Jägers 8. Turbo Chargers
3. Bristol Fijians 9. Oxford Geese
4. Percy Park Pirates 10. CSSC Phantoms
5. Wigan Touch Warriors 11. Green and Gold
6. Nottingham Mavericks 12. Halton Storm

More information will be added over the winter including payment schedules for 2016 (which will hopefully provide an easier way of administering across the summer).
All players looking to take part in the NTS /CTS will require to be an individual ETA member.

Details on how to purchase membership are on the membership pages.

Please ensure that the right people are receiving the official emails, by providing a “generic” email address that several people could access– eg touchclub@email.co.uk

Development Touch Series

DTS_Steeden
The DTS is an open competition designed to progress the development of new and established clubs and players. Clubs can enter all or just one tournament during the season and all will be hosted by clubs that want to provide a great playing and social experience.
Below are initial “national” dates. All clubs across England will be invited to host more local series dates which will provide competition regionally with North, Midlands and South areas. Top clubs in each region will be invited to take part in the Series final in September.
Please note all clubs entering MUST be affiliated to England Touch which for some will be a new requirement.

DTS Round 1 – Manchester
Saturday 20th February
(Audenshawe School, Hazel St, Audenshaw, Manchester M34 5NB)
Entry Form – http://goo.gl/vQGFuE 

DTS Round 2 – Southampton
Saturday 30th April
(University of Southampton, Wide Lane, Eastleigh, Southampton SO50 5PE)
Entry Form – Coming soon

DTS Round 3 – Warwick
Sunday 15th May
(Old Leamingtonians RFC, Bericote Road, Blackdown, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 6QP)
Entry Form – Coming soon

DTS Round 4 – Lincoln
Saturday 18th June
(Lincoln RFC, Longdales Park, Lodge Ln, Lincoln LN2 2RS)
Entry Form – Coming soon

DTS Finals – September TBC


University Touch Series

UTS

Whilst being focused around the development of Touch at University level, all ETA registered clubs are welcome to join as invitational teams. Individual players do not need to be registered with ETA, however all teams/universities must be registered in order to compete.

Round 1 – Exeter
Saturday 14th November
Results – http://goo.gl/vTKUCY

Round 2 – Bristol
Saturday 6th February
Entry – https://goo.gl/H5ccXe

Round 3 – Loughborough
Saturday 27th February
Entry – https://goo.gl/a7Ihxk

Round 4 – Bath
Saturday 19th March
Entry – https://goo.gl/KlCkzg

Finals – (Venue TBC)
Saturday 16th April

 

Men’s & Women’s Touch Cup (MWTC)

Three bank holidays will be utilised to make the most of the extra days which will also allow the delivery of new Open Men’s and Women’s tournaments on the Sundays of NTS/CTS 2 & 3. We will be asking for expressions of interest for the Men’s and Women’s tournaments (MWTC) soon to provide the NTS/CTS clubs with first priority before other teams are given the option to enter. 

It is an open champs and will not count for NTS/CTS points, so can be used in the best way possible to promote and support the progression of both the Men’s and Women’s game.

  • Sunday 1 MayOne Leisure St Ives Outdoor, California Rd, Saint Ives, Cambridge PE27 6SJ
  • Sunday 29 May – Broadstreet Rugby Club, 105 Rugby Rd, Binley Woods, Coventry, Warwickshire CV3 2AY

England Touch Nationals 2016

Touch Nationals

The tournament will showcase the best players in England from each region and will be used as the selection pathway into the Open’s, Senior’s and Master’s squads for the 2017 Home Nations Championships.

All players looking to take part in the Nationals will require to be an individual ETA member. Details on how to purchase membership are on the membership pages.

Nationals – Cambridge
Saturday 27, Sunday 28, Monday 29th August
(One Leisure St Ives Outdoor, California Rd, Saint Ives, Cambridge PE27 6SJ)

 

High Performance news – building towards the 2016 international season

A lot of work is taking place behind the scenes at HP HQ in preparation for the 2016 international campaigns.

England 2016 training squads announced

Senior and junior development squads for the 2016 European Touch Championships and the 2016 Junior Touch Championships have been finalised. We wish the players and their coaching/management teams the best of luck for the commencement of their training campaign.

Details for the squads are available on the England Touch website:

2016 European Touch Championships
2016 Junior Touch Championships

 

HP Vacancies

In working towards the 2016 international season we are looking for coaching and management support for each of our thirteen England teams. If you are interested in applying for an Assistant Coach or Team Manager roles, check out the job adverts, job descriptions and download the application form: England Touch HP Vacancies

Medical Team – Recruitment

The England Touch Association (ETA) and are looking to recruit reliable and hard-working physiotherapists/sports therapists to add to the current medical and sports science provision for the England Touch Association.

The ETA is responsible for the governance and development of Touch in England. England is currently European Champions (Euros, 2014) and ranked 3rd in the World after the last World Cup in Australia, 2015.

The medical & sports science team have been supporting the players for the past 5 years. The department consists of an established and experienced team; however as Touch is a growing sport in England there has been a demand to expand the medical provision due to an increase in the number of tournaments/events and training camps etc.

http://englandtouch.org.uk/wp/index.php/touch-series/

 

We require:

  • Tournament physiotherapists/sports therapists ( 5/6 posts)
  • £30 per session

Primarily to provide cover to players during the NTS/CTS events and ad hoc ETA run events. This role would suit a qualified Physiotherapist/sports therapist, 2 years post qualification and ideally with at least 1 year MSK experience. For those professionals who are keen to develop their experience of working in a sporting environment.

The Role:
1. To assess, treat and provide advice  to injuries incurred by players.
2. To be competent in providing pitch side first aid.
3. To be able to liaise with head of medical/coaching staff on return to play status of players after injury.
4. To be competent in taping application.

 

  • Physiotherapy team leaders (CSP/HCPC registered) – tournaments (3 posts)
  • £50 per session (plus accommodation as necessary)

Primarily to provide a team leader role for the medical team during the NTS/CTS events and ad hoc ETA run events. This role would suit a qualified chartered physiotherapist with at least 4 years of MSK experience. Would suit a physiotherapist keen to develop their experience of managing a team in a sporting environment.

The Role:

  1. To provide a team leader role during events including responsibility for managing staff.
  2. Stock taking and communication/transfer of paperwork with Head of Medical services following events.
  3. To assess, treat and provide advice to injuries incurred by players.
  4. To be competent in providing pitch side first aid.
  5. To be able to liaise with head of medical/coaching staff on return to play status of players after injury.
  6. To be competent in taping application.

 

Commitment:

Required to attend at least 3 sessions in the season (3 mixed NTS sessions minimum)

  • April 16th – Nottingham (NTS/CTS – Mixed)
  • April 30th – Cambridge (NTS/CTS – Mixed)
  • May 1st – Cambridge (Men’s and Women’s event)
  • May 28th – Coventry (NTS/CTS  – Mixed)
  • May 29th – Coventry (Men’s & Women’s)
  • July 23rd – Manchester (NTS/CTS Finals)
  •  Aug 27/28/29 – Cambridge (Nationals)

Some successful applicants may be invited to support the elite teams in their European championships in Jersey which takes place on 6/7/8/9/10 July, with a training camp on 8,9,10 April at Welbeck training camp in Loughborough.

Applicants must have:

  • Bsc in Physiotherapy or Sports Therapy (essential).
  • Health Professional Council registration (essential for team leader roles).
  • Experience of working as part of an MDT team (essential).
  • Experience of working within a musculoskeletal speciality (essential)
  • Experience of working with paediatrics (desirable)
  • Experience of working within a professional sporting environment (desirable)
  • Possess a sports trauma qualification (IMMOFP, LUBAS, RFU, FA qualification etc) (essential)
  • Acupuncture qualified (desirable)
  • Taping application (essential)
  • Sports massage (desirable)
  • Excellent team work and communication skills (essential)
  • Ability to commute to venues throughout England and the UK (essential)
  • Able to commit to at least 3 sessions in the season (essential)
  • Overseas travel may be required to support squads but this is negotiable
  • Recruitment is subject to DBS clearance.

Interested:

For questions please email: medical@englandtouch.org.uk or to apply for one of the positions, please send your CV/HCPC number (if appropriate) and a covering letter to medical@englandtouch.org.uk.

Interviews:

Saturday 9th January 2016. SKYPE interviews can be arranged.