England Women’s 27s Euros Campaign rolls into Manchester

Saturday 20th February saw the EW27s extended training squad attend the traditional soggy Touch season opener in Manchester, hosted by the Manchester Chargers and Fully Charged Events. With the opportunity to test out new skills and game plans, the squad entered two ladies teams into the tournament.

The two squads; retaining the traditional “Bangers” moniker and joined by their counterpart “Mash” squad were joined in the women’s tournament by teams from Sandymount, Thames Valley and Galaxy. The traditional rain at least had the good grace to wait till at least the first games had almost finished till it proceeded to help the many boots to churn the fields into a mire the likes of which have not been seen since Glastonbury.

Bangers 1

With the World Cup Bronze Medal fresh in everyone’s memories, a new look coaching team have assembled a relatively new look squad to start the run to Euros 2016 and more importantly to the next world cup.

The Bangers opened their account with a fine fast opening performance against Sandymount, running out comfortable winners. The scoreline was less important than the nature of the victory which saw a wide expansive passing game combined with strikes from all parts of the park. Considering the weather and conditions, the passing was crisp and confident, showing the hard work that has gone into handling at training. Meanwhile Mash took on the Thames Valley Vixens, and faced off their previous player coach; a certain Sammie Philips. Sammie and her EW27 counterpart Laura AP Mitchison showing their own skills to pull the vixens back into the game and earn a hard fought draw as the Mash line defence was tested further.

Game two saw the Bangers and Mash face off against each other, with both looking to attack hard and fast in the rain and mud, a score draw saw the expansive play of the Mash take on the consistency and pressure of the Bangers. For those watching it was a great demonstration of the strength in depth of the EW27s as a whole and served to demonstrate just how difficult selection for Euros was going to be. Both squads doing their best to put the weather in its place. Mash were first to open the scoring as Lucy Snape dived and slid in through the mud to draw first mud. Not to be outdone the Bangers drove hard upfield for Claire Traynor to take her opportunity to dive and slide for her opening score, only to realise to both squad’s enjoyment that she was five yards short. With the ball literally stuck in the mud, Mash’s Mo Williams’s scoop and go was thwarted as the ball sucked into the mud so firmly it stayed put as she ran on.

As the weather closed in and the mud worsened, Mash worked hard against a highly organised Galaxy, losing out to a narrow defeat before closing out their account with a convincing victory over Sandymount late in the day with light fading, rain falling and some superb basic skills on show despite all of this. Meanwhile Bangers completed their account with a victory over Thames Valley before another close fought loss to Galaxy who they rejoined in the final. The final eventually taken to Dropoff and a Galaxy victory. Nevertheless, the scores were less important than the manner of the play from the Bangers and Mash Squads. All players had excelled and rewarded the faith and hard work to develop a new look EW27s squad playing a new expansive game.

Sunday enabled a gentle training session on astro turf whilst the ever present Cryssie and Jules sorted getting the kit to a launderette and Sam Powles took up residence and photo duties.

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The astro turf giving the Bangers and Mash squads to practice their open gameplay and to generally enjoy a light hearted session before the first squad selection was announced bringing both disappointment and happiness in equal measure.

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With first selection complete, the EW27s now look to focus on the Euros2016, with the All England training camp in April at Welbeck, the squad have already contended with snow in Northampton, Mud and rain in Manchester… after the experiences of Coffs Harbour, the coaching team are keen to ensure the squad are prepared for all meteorological outcomes in Jersey. Having seen the quality and confidence of play in the Manchester conditions; there are certainly exciting prospects for the future style of play from this talented squad.


Everyone in Bangers and Mash would like to thank the organisers and Refs who helped make the day run. A special thanks goes to Crystal Jules and Sam for braving the rain as the squads support team

Midland Tigers Regional Squad Training

If you are a resident within the Midlands Boundary and interested in being selected to play in one of their squads at this year’s Touch Nationals, which runs from 27th-29th August 2016*, then please read the information below which gives details about Midlands trials selection and squad training dates.

See the ETA maps for more details on regional boundaries: http://englandtouch.org.uk/wp/index.php/regional-boundaries/.

*The U18s will be playing on 27-28 August only (Sat and Sun). The other divisions will be playing on all 3 days.

Midlands management/coaches

Regional Lead – Colin Hulett

Regional Manager – Adele Langlois

Treasurer – Sue-Ellen Godde

Men’s Open Coach – Colin Hulett

Women’s Open Coach – Simon Clare

Mixed Open Coach – Jo Howson

Mixed U18s Coaches – Gene Macdonald, Jo Whitehead and Kat Daniels

Men’s Seniors Coach – Soul Phoenix


Midlands squad selection

Selection for the squad will be via open trials on Sat 12 March at Comberton Sports and Arts, West Street, Comberton, Cambridge, CB23 7DU.

What to bring:

  • £10 entry fee
  • Playing kit (we will be on astro and/or grass, depending on the weather)
  • Food and drink
  • Completed parental consent form, available here (if under 18 on the day of the trials)

Please register in advance at this link. Each player will be given a number to wear on the day.

The trials will begin promptly at 10am and consist of both skills/drills and game-time. Please arrive by 9.30am, to give yourself plenty of time to receive your number, get ready, etc.

If you wish to be considered for the squad but are unable to attend the trials on 12 March, please contact Adele at adelemidlandstouch@gmail.com to request an exemption.


Midlands team selections

There will be 2/3 training sessions for everyone selected for the squad before final team selections are made (16 players per team). There will then be at least 2 further training sessions before the Nationals in August.

Selection for the teams will be based on the following criteria:

  • Individual ability, speed, agility and talent
  • Understanding of the game
  • Ability to learn and listen to concepts presented by the coaches
  • Attitude at training and ability to work with the team and the team structure
  • Attendance at training




You must live within one of the following counties to be eligible for the Midlands. Note that the different divisions have different regional boundaries:

  • Opens: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk
  • U18s and Men’s Seniors: as above minus Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, which fall into the North


  • Opens: 16+ on 27 August 2016 (no maximum age)
  • U18s: 15-17 on 31 December 2016
  • Men’s Seniors: 30+ on 1 January 2017


You must meet one of the following criteria:

  • English born
  • Hold a UK passport
  • Ancestry visa, having been resident for at least the last 2 years
  • A UK resident for the past 3 years

If you are under 18, an exemption may be sought if you will be eligible for selection into an open team once out of the juniors.

Training dates

Provisional training dates are as follows (these have been chosen to take account of the DTS/CTS/NTS and England training dates as far as possible):

  • Sun 24 April
  • Sat 7 May
  • Sun 19 June
  • Sun 24 July
  • Sun 7 August

All training will be in Cambridge, as it is the most central county in our region. To reflect differential travel costs, players from outside Cambridge will pay a reduced fee for training. (NB U18s may have further training/warm-up tournaments.)

ETA membership

If you do not have individual membership of the ETA you will need to purchase this if you are selected for Nationals (£15, or £10 for U18s or full-time students U23).


The entry fees set by the ETA are as follows:

  • Men’s Open: £400 per team (£25 per player, based on 16 players selected)
  • Women’s Open: £400 per team (£25 per player, based on 16 players selected)
  • Mixed Open: £400 per team (£25 per player, based on 16 players selected)
  • Men’s Seniors: £400 per team (£25 per player, based on 16 players selected)
  • Mixed U18s: £320 per team (£20 per player, based on 16 players selected)*

If you have any questions please get in touch. We look forward to seeing you on 12 March.

Best wishes

Adele Langlois (on behalf of Midlands Touch)


Manchester Touch Championships

The 2016 touch season got off to an excellent start with the 7th and biggest ever Annual Manchester Touch Championships held at Audenshawe High School on Saturday. Manchester is well known for its wet weather, and this year’s tournament was no exception, with most pitches resembling a mud bath by the end of the day. But this didn’t dampen spirits and a record number of 38 teams competing across 4 divisions, showcased the best in British and Irish Touch talent.


The Men’s division was hotly contested, with Manchester Chargers, ShimmyWorldWide and the Oldies fighting it out for the first trophy of the season. It was too close to call for most of the day, but in the end ShimmyWorldWide came out on top, beating Manchester Chargers 4-0 in the final.

The Women’s division was also definitely not short in the talent department, with international teams and international players throughout, all 5 teams giving their all. Galaxy went on to take home the silverware topping the women’s league.

With the addition of Men’s and Women’s Touch Cup Tournaments to the 2016 Touch season in May, it will be an exciting year for the both the Men’s and Women’s game, and if the Manchester Championships are anything to go by, these will definitely be one not to miss!

The open mixed division did not disappoint, as Cardiff Raptors topped the table with a 3-2 win over the Bandits to secure their silverware.

Cardiff Raptors

Mixed Open Results
Cup Winners: Cardiff Raptors
Plate Winners: Sandymount Flyers
Bowl Winners: Thames Valley Vikings
Shield Winners: Varsity Vandals

The Steeden DTS tournament, now starting its third year, has been a very welcome addition to the Touch calendar and become a hotbed for developing talent in the game. The first round of the 2016 season started as we hope to go on, with a record number of 16 teams competing.

The tournament reached a climax when the final between Chester Cheetahs and Oakmeadians went to a very tense drop off, with the Cheetahs finally getting one of over the line to win 3-2.

Chester Cheetahs

DTS Results
Cup Winners: Chester Cheetahs
Plate Winners: Guildfordians
Bowl Winners: CSSC Spirits
Shield Winners: Warwick Touch

Results table after round one:

MVPs from each division were:
MXO – Lewis Eynon
Men’s – Rhys Matsen
Womens – Emily Clews
DTS – Liam Lawton

As with any tournament, there is so much work that goes on behind the scenes to make the day a success, so a huge thanks to Gregg Cropper and Kevin Hill for organising, Emma and Cari and their team of physio’s from Huddersfield University for keeping us all moving on the day and Corrie, Sarah and Millie for running the event desk.

FullSizeRender (2)Thanks also to Ryan Jennings and to Audenshawe School and pupils for excellent facilities and assistance in the day, the boys were a credit to you and the school.

And, there is no game without referees, so a massive thank you to our referees who ALL did a stirling job in the adverse conditions! Alice Watchorn, Aubrey Collins, Dan Harrison, Dan Twist, Duncan Smart, Gareth Hinds, John Knox, John O’Mahony, Kevin Hill, Lani Baird, Mike Green, Nick Richardson, Nicolas Van de Rijt, Phil Leeks, Rachel Howe, Sana Tansey, Shane Hills, Uma Ramaswami, Vicki Offland, Zack Romanu.

Also to Matthew Walker for keeping the referees in check and on time, great job and look forward to you being more involved going forward. Thanks to Matt Reid and Kevin Hobbs for the coaching support they provided too.

Finally, thank you to all the players who made the journey to Manchester and braved the mud baths! We wish you all good luck for the rest of the season and hope to see you in Manchester again soon.



Midas Touch to host Touch Festivals

 Olympic Themed – Social Touch Tourney

When: Saturday, 6th August 2016 at 09:30 Sunday, 7 August 2016 at 12:30 (BST)
Book: Reserve your spot here

  • 6 Pitches – 30 Teams
  • Trophies & Prize Money
  • Referees & Physio’s
  • Discount for teams who provide referees.
  • Mixed Teams of 12 only £185

Festival Facilities

  • Free Parking & Changing Facilities
  • Chill Zone with DJ Mixed Music
  • Refreshments Beverages & Food stalls
  • Olympic Themed Toga / Fancy Dress After Party
  • Camping £10 pp & Breakfast Available

Midas Touch Poster



The Stibbs Story

2 legends of the game are leaving for pastures new… watch below for a montage of their times on and off the field. Look closely enough and you might even spot yourself!


Out of this world! with Kilburn Cosmos

After the success of the London Netball Academy session and thanks to the money received from the Wembley National Stadium Trust, England Touch where invited to join Kilburn Cosmos Rugby Union Football Club at Gladstone Park in Brent.

Wembly Trust 3

Our main aims on Saturday were to:

  • Introduce Touch to the local community;
  • Improve general skill level; and
  • Identify high level athletes for our performance pathways.

As we arrived the wind was howling and the cold damp mud covered our boots. We became greeted by an intimate group of resilient young men. The day started with a timed continuous attacking touch game then onto ball handling and sub-unit skills. Finishing with a full side game. Each player made progress and was able to use their new touch related skill to improve their own and team’s overall performance.

A massive thank you to all the coaches, helpers and parents for making it such a great day. The session was led by School Liaisons Daryl Owens and Matthew Alan Thomas. An email has gone out to all the parents of the players identified and will forward their contacts to the Junior Lead Ben Powell.

Our next session will be on Saturday 27th February 2016 at Wembley Stadium, Power League. 10am-12pm.


We encourage all students from around the area to participate. If you are interested please register by emailing schools@englandtouch.org.uk before Friday 26th February 2016.

FREE Junior Discovery Day @ Wembley Stadium

England Touch Association is using part of its funding from Wembley Stadium Trust to develop touch rugby for all students throughout London.

If you would like to play games, learn new skills, or have aspiration to represent your country WE WANT YOU! 

Saturday 27th February 2016. 10am-12pm at Wembley Stadium’s Power League, HA9 0WS. (Free Parking in the Green Car Park).

Spaces are limited and are subject to the facilities we use.

To register please email: schools@englandtouch.org.uk

Deadline Friday 26th February 2016

Many Thanks
Matthew and Daryl

Northern Stars – Junior Mixed 18s

Download PDF version of this poster here: Northern Stars 18s Poster

England Touch are looking to recruit male and female players for the Northern Stars 15’s mixed Touch squad. This team will compete against the Southern Mavericks region at the National Touch Competition held in Cambridge on August 27th 2016.


Want to make great friends? Want to develop your skills?

Fill in the below form.


Contact: Micky Whittle

Email: Junior_North@englandtouch.org.uk

When: Saturday 5th March. 12:00 – 17:00

Where: St John Rigby College, Orrell, Wigan, WN5 0LJ

Criteria: The age criteria date will be 31/12/2016 meaning participants must not have turned 18 until 01/01/2017. The lower age is set at 16, meaning that a participant must already be 16 at 31/12/2016. Anyone younger than 16 and participating in the 18s division must be cleared to play via and exemption and parental consent.

Cumbria Lakers – Newest franchise released

The 2016 #TouchNationals has new teams being developed as we expand year on year, providing further playing opportunities for all.
This week we feature the newest team, Cumbria Lakers, looking to take the mixed division by storm! It’s great to see #EnglandTouch expanding across the country!

If you are interested in playing Touch for the first Mixed Cumbria Representative Touch Team, the initial Training/Trial details are:

Date: 20 March 2016
Venue: Whitehaven Rugby Union Club
Time: 9:30am-12:00pm
Fill out the form to register for the Trials:


Or email cumbrialakers@gmail.com for more info.

Annual Report 2014/15

Reflecting on another monumental year with so many significant achievements, the England Touch President, board and committee review the last twelve months and reveal plans for the future.

Download here.