Non Executive Directors appointed

As England Touch grows, we ensure our board is constantly evolving, to keep ahead of the game. With this in mind, we are excited to announce the two newly appointed Non-Executive Board Members, who will look to make a significant contribution in maximising the opportunities for growth while delivering senior level expertise on strategy, finance and governance.


Chris Martin

Chris has been a long time player and fan of Touch and hopes to bring to the Non Exec role a wide range of commercial experience. Over the past 15 years Chris has built a number of successful companies in and around Sports Development and has built up an extensive network of industry experts and contacts on whom he can rely.

As a qualified PE teacher, an experienced coach and successful business owner in the world of digital and web, Chris hopes to use this experience to offer effective advice and support to the England Touch board through this period of accelerated growth and development.

Chris has acted as a Governor and NED with other organisation and feels this experience will be of benefit to the future governance of England Touch.


Natalie Davis

Natalie has played Touch for over five years and aims to bring her professional experience in national sport policy to the Non-Executive Director role.

As a policy advisor to Government Ministers for the last seven years, Natalie has experience creating and developing policy ideas at the national level. Most recently Natalie was one of the authors of the Government’s new Sport Strategy and has worked with sports administrators across the sector to increase participation and raise the profile of women’s sport.

Natalie hopes to use her experience to help England Touch become more effective and sustainable at this exciting time in its journey as a National Governing Body.

Sport and Recreation Alliance- Community Sport and Recreation Awards

Entries for the 2016 Community Sport and Recreation Awards are now open, with cash prizes of up to £2500 on offer to the winners.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance’s Community Sport and Recreation Awards showcase the very best that sport and recreation activities bring to communities up and down the country.

There are several categories of awards all designed to highlight the breadth of work that is undertaken in the community sport and recreation sector.

Nominations are open in the following categories:

• Community Sport and Recreation Overall  Winner

• Professional Club Community Programme of the Year

• Innovative Project

• Youth Volunteering

• Social Impact in the Community

If your club/organisation would like to enter and be considered for an award, please see the link below:

ETC2016 England Teams announced

It is with great excitement that we are able to formally announce the 9 England Teams that will be representing England Touch at the 2016 European Championships this summer, in Jersey.

To those who have not made a team this year…

Commiserations, you are no doubt extremely disappointed. Collectively, we recognise your commitment shown to date – your contribution to the 2016 national squads makes us stronger as a Touch-playing nation in Europe and globally. Hopefully you will have learnt and developed as a player in this campaign, and no doubt there will be future opportunities for you to represent.

For those who are reserves…

You too will be equally disappointed, knowing that you were so close to selection, but you need to ensure you keep fit and stay motivated; it is 11 weeks until the tournament and plenty can happen in that time.

To selected players…

Well done. However, there is still plenty of hard work to do through to the tournament.


Open Squads

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Senior Squads

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Masters Squads

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Pre DTS Referee Course

Ahead of the Southern DTS in Southampton on April 30th,  Southern Regional Development officer Jason Cunningham facilitated a Level 1 referee course, with the expert assistance of England Touch referee manager, Stephen Dubreuil.

Jason Cunningham commented, “Realising that we were going to be short of referees for our DTS event, we thought it would be a good idea to facilitate a Level 1 course at short notice prior to the event.”

7 local Touch players from Dorset and Hampshire clubs attended at Wide Lane Sports Ground, home of the Southern Suns and also Southampton University O2 Touch club, to develop their knowledge of the game and learn how to referee.

Players from the age of 11 to 49 attended the course which was under the expert delivery of Level 3 referee and presenter Stephen Dubreuil, who ensured the course was both informative and practical.

The participants all remained focused over the 4 hour course, excelled themselves with the practical and passed the first part of the course and now along side 10 others from the local area need to be assessed over the summer, starting with an opportunity at the Southern DTS.

Assessments can take place all over the country and we suggest that if any other Level 1 part qualified referees would like to be assessed then please email:

To register for an existing course, or request a court near you, please follow this link: Referee Courses. 

‘Northern Stars’ of the Future…


The Final Stages of the Selection Process on our #RoadToJersey Campaign

What a weekend at the annual All England Camp which will help coaches and selectors to decide the fate of the would be players on their #RoadToJersey campaign.
Many new faces in this years lead up to Euros selection, as well as more established and senior players who have tasted the glory of World Cups and Euros medals, will make it a very difficult task for coaches as they head in to the final stages of selection before naming their final sixteen players from their extensive squads.

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We were welcomed by Welbeck Defence Ministry for our third consecutive year in the beautiful surroundings of DFSC, Woodhouse, Loughborough and Loughborough Grammar School, Quorn.

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St George’s flags and England Touch hoardings were set up by Kevin Hill and really staged and enriched the well kept pitches and spacious facility which housed 200 players, referee team, medical and HP staff and coaches over the course of Saturday and Sunday.

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Friday evening saw coaches and HP staff prepare for their weekend ahead, with presentations by Australian Coach Peter Bell on elite fitness, strength and conditioning programmes and protocols, GPS studies and elite trends.

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Despite the variable weather conditions which saw sunshine, crisp frost, wind and rain, a flood of Sky Blue dotted across the horizon all weekend as players sported their new squad kits, sponsored by our partners belief.

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Pete Bell, after leading many workshops over the week at various locations around the country, was there to provide his invaluable wealth of knowledge over the course of the weekend and support the squads and coaches. He provided some valuable feedback and strategy during game play with match analysis, as he witnessed traditional rivalry amongst opens and seniors divisional teams which shone through in their  game friendlies.

Fitness testing was led by the medical staff as opens squads were pushed to their limits.

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Saturday evening saw players in nutrition workshops delivered by Emilia Bonnar Thompson from MMU.

Coaches selected some of their key players to attend a development seminar on game plan led by Pete Bell.

Sunday started early, as squads mustered at 7.30 to gather for official squad photographs taken by photographer Darren Ciolli-Leach.
The day then continued with more training and match friendlies to put team strategies in to practice and give players one last chance to shine through to leave their mark on coaches as they make their decisions for final selection.

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Huge thanks to Tim Osborne (HP Director) for his scheduling of the weekend and securing the legend that is Pete Bell to attend the weekend and help England Touch to prepare for their Euros campaign.

Thanks to Zoe Parish, Denise Yarrow, Lois Lau, Cathryn Ogle, Julia Kang and Gregg Cropper for all their hard work behind the scenes ensuring that the weekend ran without a hitch. Also thanks to our sponsor and partner Belief Sports for another superb provision of our new training kit too.

Finally, thanks to Mark Warren and Welbeck for being fantastic hosts looking after players needs and providing England Touch with a superb venue once again.

More photos: Here

 Photo Credits – Darren Ciolli-Leach

Educating England

On Tuesday 5th April England Touch invited teachers, sports coaches and PGCE Students to a Teaching Touch CPD day at The Swaminarayan Preparatory School.

The course was presented by Peter Bell (Australia Touch Hall of Fame) as guest speaker and funded thanks to the money received from Wembley National Stadium Trust.

The content included information on:

  • Course Presenter
  • Touch Revolution in Australia and New Zealand
  • Basic Rules of Touch
  • Skill Development (Practical)
  • Playing the Game
  • Summery and Q & A

The day started with an overview of the day and some video clips of Touch from around the world.

Followed by plenty of practical outdoor activities engaging all of the participants, which consisted of seasoned internationals, parents, teachers and students alike.

Mrs Crowe writes: “Thank you for organising such an amazing day with Peter Bell and learning so much about touch rugby. I feel very privileged to attend. I plan to introduce it to my primary school”.

A massive thank you to Peter Bell, Timothy Osborne, The Swaminarayan Prep School and all those who attended making it such a great day.

This day was organised by England Touch School Liaisons Daryl Owens and Matthew Alan Thomas.

An email is due to go out with all the resources from the day. If you was unable to attend but would still like to find out more please send an email to

What is next?

Monday 11th April 2016 – England Touch will start lunch time and after schools in the Borough.

Thursday 30th June 2016- England Touch will host their first Primary Schools Tournament in London. If your school would like to get involved please email

Northern Stars – Junior Mixed 15s

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.


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Further Info

Contact: Adam Brimelow


When: Sunday 17th April 12:00 to 15:30

Where: Gresham sports park, Gresham Park Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7YF

Age Criteria: Cut off date is 31/12/2015, meaning participants must not have turned 15 until 01/01/2016. So they must be no older than 14 years, 11 months and 30 days at 31/12.