Men’s & Women’s Touch Cup 2016

Following feedback from our member clubs England Touch are offering an Open Cup Tournament (MWTC) to be held on the Sunday at 2 NTS/CTS weekends. This will provide clubs with further opportunities to develop players & referees and also allow us to promote the Men’s and Women’s game before the Euros.

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. Although this is targeted at England Touch Affiliated clubs it is an open tournament and we welcome entries from across Europe. This is not a development tournament and we pitch the standard as being similar to the Belief NTS.

Entry details are below and we will provide more information on the formats etc once the initial demand is known.

  • Sunday 1 May – One Leisure St Ives Outdoor, California Rd, Saint Ives, Cambridge PE27 6SJ

Enter Cambridge

  • Sunday 29 May – Broadstreet Rugby Club, 105 Rugby Rd, Binley Woods, Coventry, Warwickshire CV3 2AY

Enter Coventry

New Appointment – Membership, Affiliation and Insurance Manager

We are pleased to announce a new member of the committee.

Rich King joined the team in 2016, having previously led Oxford Touch club as its chair from 2009 until 2015. He is responsible for all membership, affiliation, and insurance matters, including  administering the membership process for individuals, clubs, leagues, and events affiliated to England Touch.

RKing ETA profileRich’s experience of leading a club that hosted multiple ETA accredited competitions, was an early O2 Touch club, and with members of all levels of ability and experience, means he is well versed in the multiple needs and interests of a wide range of Touch participants. He is keen to support England Touch’s diverse and growing base of members as effectively as possible.

This role is responsible for membership within England Touch, specifically ensuring that England Touch provides as much support and assistance to members as is possible and also administering the whole membership process for leagues, clubs and events affiliated to England Touch.
For a quickly expanding sport such as Touch, it is important that we are involved in all Touch operations throughout the country and engage as much as possible with each member. Anyone looking to affiliate their Touch operation should contact us, our website also has some information about affiliation, including FAQs:


SMX start as they mean to go on

A new year, a new venue. The SMX met for another training session in Nottingham at the brand new facility based at Rushcliffe School.

The day’s wake and shake began with an opening run to get the fresh cold air in to the lungs and their bodies ready for the day’s schedule.

The squad were led on a journey around the local area, finishing on the ‘Hill of Doom’ as they powered their way back to the venue.

Coach, Martin Wright, was taking no prisoners here and gearing the squad towards his boot camp mentality as he sent them up and down the hill like troops to help their fallen comrades and carry them back to the top of the hill.

Back to Rushcliffe for some ‘suicide dump’ drills, the players pushed on to make their mark.

Lunch saw the team muster to analyse their recent World Cup play with valuable footage from their semi final game v Australia.
The end of the day saw these game strategies in action as the team tested out their line attack and line defence.

A solid start for their Euros campaign and the SMX looking strong in their play and their mindset.



On a side-note: The tea made history, by buying the first well-deserved pint of the new venue from brand new landlord, Anthony Price, pulling his first draft.


Discovery Day

The first 15s training session got underway this weekend coinciding with the first snow of the year. The weather didn’t deter the would-be hopefuls as 50+ juniors descended on Northampton school for boys.

The pitches blanketed white and the air hard and frosted, the day started with much needed warm ups and as ice and snow formed on the balls their skills shone warmly through the handling drills with smiles and enthusiasm.

The session was led by High Performance Director Tim Osborne and Technical Director and Juniors Lead Ben Powell as they scouted for talent amongst the group.

Discovery Day 20161701 Tim and Ben

The cold tried hard to break them but their resilience was strong and the execution of skills was unharmed.

The session finished with some friendly game play where the group were able to showcase their flare and experience.

Thanks to all the coaches, helpers and parents for making it such a great day.


A very impressive start the the JTC campaign and we excitedly wait for the next session which will be in Nottingham on 7th February.


3 x Level 1 referee courses in one day

England kicked off 2016 in style by organising 3 x Level 1 referee courses on 9 January.

The course in Nottingham (presented by Graham Smith) saw 13 participants, whereas the two courses in London (presented by Nicolas Van de Rijt) had 12 participants each. With participants coming from as far as Lincoln and Eastbourne, the courses can be deemed a huge success.

We hope to see all these new referees officiate at our events soon!

For upcoming courses or to register your interest, see:

Steeden Development Touch Series 2016

Following a successful pilot year England Touch will launch the DTS in 2016 with three regional divisions, which will feed a final in September. England Touch has already identified 4 hosts for DTS teams to enter that will act as larger “national” tournaments across the year that will contribute to club points in a North, Midlands and South Divisions. Further tournaments that will provide the chance to gain series points will be identified in each of the regions, which will allow more clubs to host, as well as more local competition.

Three clubs from 2015 gained promotion from the DTS division – Canterbury Cougars, Green+Gold and Halton Storm. The top two teams in each of the regional divisions will be invited to take part in a Final in September (not as previously suggested at the Touch Nationals).



DTS Round 1 – Manchester

Saturday 20th February
(Audenshawe School, Hazel St, Audenshaw, Manchester M34 5NB)
Entry Form


DTS Round 2 – Southampton

Saturday 30th April
(University of Southampton, Wide Lane, Eastleigh, Southampton SO50 5PE)
Entry Form


DTS Round 3 – Warwick

Sunday 15th May
(Old Leamingtonians RFC, Bericote Road, Blackdown, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 6QP)
Entry Form


DTS Round 4 – Lincoln

Saturday 18th June
(Lincoln RFC, Longdales Park, Lodge Ln, Lincoln LN2 2RS)
Entry Form


The Development Touch Series is open to all England Touch affiliated clubs and we would welcome developing clubs to get in touch to see if this expanding competition is right for them.

We would also like clubs to begin to think about hosting regional divisional rounds across the summer and this EOI will be provided in the coming weeks. If you are interested in your club hosting a regional DTS tournament (smaller competition so should be suitable for all clubs to deliver) please contact –