England’s Senior Training Squads Finalised

England Touch would like to congratulate the players listed below who have been included in the 2017 England Men’s 30s, Mixed Senior and Women’s 27s training squads.

These squads will come together for a number of sessions in 2017 with a view to participate in the Senior Touch Tournament in Edinburgh on 15-18 June.

England Men’s 30s Training Squad

Andrew Beattie, James Botten, Robin Budd, Edward Budge, Ruez Durrani, Ashley Eusden, Fraser Florence, Jamie Gregory, Ben Habgood, Dean Hancock, Matt Harper, Dan Harrison, James Herd, Steve Holland, Matthew Johnson, Glenn Jones, Richard King, Laydon Kretzmann, Richard Nienaber, Colin Scott, James Stewart, Will TenBroeke, James Thurston, Jason Waddell, Liam Wantenaar, Daniel Wines

Coach: Nathan Bourke

England Mixed Senior Training Squad

Sarah Acheson, Kat Daniels, Cathi Farrer, Sue Ellen Godde, Sarah Holloway, Joelene Hughes, Julia Kang, Tamsin Reed, Lucy Richardson, Sarah Rosenburg, Sacha Swift-Smith, Jenny Young, Stiaan Albertyn, Joel Buchan, Gregg Cropper, Joe Hartley, Mike Roa, Ollie Sills, Daniel Smith, Byron Tibbits, Martin Wright

Coach: Martin Wright

England Women’s 27s Training Squad

Tracy Andrew, Zoe  Aubert, Laura Balfour, Kara Buckley, Melissa Day, Emilie Eve, Victoria Franks, Kate Hyde, Lois Lau, Nicky Marsh, Alexandra Maskell, Rebecca Maxwell, Keisha McLean, Zoe Parish, Samantha Powles, Danielle Powley-Williams, Lucy Richardson, Louise Rickard, Claire Rylance, Elizabeth Sadler, Tamara Slater, Lucy Snape, Katrina Spring, Jane Temple, Claire Traynor, Julie Walker, Morenika Williams, Suzanne Wilson

Coach: Gary Lambert

England Touch AGM – Save the date: 26 Feb 2017

All clubs, league operators, and/or venues directly affiliated to England Touch are invited to send one representative/committee member to participate in the England Touch Annual General Meeting. We also welcome attendance from any league or club interested in becoming affiliated to England Touch.

Date: Sunday 26 Feb 2017
Venue: Hough End Centre, Mauldeth Road West, Manchester, M21 7SX
Time: AGM: 10:00–11:00, Drop-in discussions: 11:30–13:00 (timings are approximate)

The agenda and papers for the AGM will be sent out 28 days prior to the meeting along with information about proxy votes should a member be unable to attend.

The ‘drop-in discussions’ after the AGM will give members the opportunity to engage in discussions with ETA directors in a more informal setting than the AGM. The format will depend on numbers on the day and there will be no fixed agenda.

Information about how to register to attend the AGM will be sent in the new year.

2017 England Open Training Squads Finalised

England Touch would like to congratulate the players listed below who have been included in the 2017 England Men’s, Mixed and Women’s Open training squads.

While the focus for our elite players in 2017 will be the newly formed European Federation of Touch Premiership Permit tournament, the England high-performance team and coaches have finalised national opens training squads to ensure continuity through to the 2018 international campaign.

These squads will come together for a number of sessions in 2017.

Some players have been given the opportunity to train in both Men’s and Mixed, or Women’s and Mixed squads.

England Men’s Open Training Squad

Shaun Bengtson, Dominic Brook, Matthew Davis, Richard Eccles, Oliver Francis, Angus Gough, Sam Graham, Tom Hall, James Heptonstall, Clark Hobson, Max Howard, Sam Jones, James Knoop, Will Lawrence, Daniel Mayall, Nicholas McGeever, Gareth McRae, Ben Meakin, Vaughn Meredith, Ed Rawe, Clinton Rowling, Daniel Rowling, Alex Scott, Will Serocold, Kamil Shahabdeen, Byron Tibbitts, Dom Tripp, Jon Weston-Stanley, Simon Whitnall

Coach: Ben Smith

England Mixed Open Training Squad

Kathryn Brown-Williams, Meghan Clayton, Ellie Costello, Emily Crowe, Leah Cuthbertson, Kate Davis-Bavin, Elizabeth Dorey, Alissa Grant-Walker, Jade Grantham, Alison Hogg, Danni Payton, Doug Benzie, Fin Creighton, Sam Grant, Clark Hobson, Josh Ingram, Mark Knight, Will Lawrence, Jordan Melling, Jake Melling, Ryan Miemczyk, Gabe Pennington, Toby Phillips, Benjamin Powell, George Price, Kamil Shahabdeen, Robert Taylor, Salesi Tuiono

Coach: Justin Conway

England Women’s Open Training Squad

Nicolette Bird, Emily Clews, Rosannah Cormack, Ellie Costello, Emily Crowe, Kate Davis-Bavin, Elizabeth Dorey, Adeline Drut, Anna Goddard, Nina Gulati, Carlie Hoffman, Susannah Hudson, Kylie Hutchison, Jen Lee, Sofia Luxton, Karen Matthews, Charlotte McFarland, Sadi Meakin, Jen Palmer, Lucinda Paul, Danni Payton, Charlotte Phillipson, Caroline Pillman, Olivia Rae, Bronte Sykes, Kaitlin Wells, Marnie Wills, Jenny Young

Coach: Simon Clare

England’s Premiership Permit Brands Finalised

England Touch is pleased to announce the names and brands for the three England sides for the European Federation of Touch (EFT) Premiership Permit competition:

► England Crusaders
► England Knight
► England Royals

Membership Update | 2017 Refresh

Following careful consideration and taking on board members’ feedback, we are making a few changes to the membership and affiliation scheme and fees for 2017.

Membership is vital in ensuring that we can continue to positively contribute to the growth of our sport. This scheme provides England Touch with a reliable and sustainable revenue stream that allows us to cover corporate and operational costs. Whilst there are no significant changes for 2017, we are making some minor adjustments that will take effect from 1 Jan 2017.

Please follow this link for full details of the membership refresh.

In summary, we are making the following changes:

Price changes

  • Individuals: Introduction of deeper discount for students under 18
  • Affiliate individuals: Introduction of new £1 membership category for UTS and Regional DTS participants, and optionally for casual players, parents/guardians and fans/supporters – helping us to connect with a broader demographic
  • School clubs: Removal of current £80 fee to encourage further participation from schools around the country
  • Full clubs: Replacement of current tiered pricing structure (starting at £125) with flat-rate fee of £150
  • Leagues: No change. (We are looking into the possibility of offering a reduced fee option for leagues with their own insurance cover already in place. To be confirmed before renewals are due.)
  • Events: Reduction of current £20 fee per team to £10 per team

Additional changes

  • Individuals (Full): Membership requirements will be extended to National DTS and MWTC participants to aid our ability to communicate with broader player base
  • Clubs (Full): Simplified player reporting requirements, moving to annual declaration of membership totals rather than full player details. Additional benefits will be added including provision of a referee top and access to participation in a L1 refereeing course. Optional extra ‘starter packs’ will also be available.
  • Clubs (O2 Touch): O2 Touch clubs will need to directly register their membership with the ETA (at no cost) to participate in Regional DTS events
  • Leagues: League operators will be able to run one-off events under their existing affiliations, introducing parity with affiliated clubs which already have this benefit
  • Events: Pre-payment will be required to allow England Touch to promote the event in advance, bringing additional value to the organiser and avoiding post-event payment defaults.

We will also fully migrate all membership registration, payment, and administration functions to a new technology platform that we have already introduced for some membership categories. This will permit members and affiliates to login and manage their own records.

Existing members need do nothing until your current membership expires – we will be in touch a few weeks in advance of your renewal date with further details on renewing your membership.

Any questions can be addressed to membership@englandtouch.org.uk

HP Update | 2017 Squads

Please find below, information in response to FAQs we have recently received around the 2017 squads:

► The priority for the high performance (HP) team for 2017 will be opens permit (EFT Premiership) and junior (JTC) campaigns. All other national squads will be operating at arm’s length from the core HP programme.

► In terms of squads and selection

  1. The team of elite coaches and selectors finalised the the England opens permit training squads for 2017 back in early November. Selected players were notified via email and squad lists are here: http://www.englandtouch.org.uk/england-squads-finalised-2017-eft-premiership-permit/
  2. While the Men’s and Women’s opens national training squads have already started training, a formal announcement will take place shortly to confirm Men’s Open, Mixed Open and Women’s Open squad lists.
  3. The junior coaching and management team is going to be recruited/reappointed in the coming month, and we will have more information on plans for the 2017 Junior Touch Championships in the New Year. There will likely be Boy’s 18, Girl’s 18s, Mixed 15s and Mixed 18s divisions. More information is available on the website: http://www.englandtouch.org.uk/whats-happening-england-junior-programme-2017/
  4. Seniors national training squads (Men’s 30s, Mixed Senior and Women’s 27s) will hopefully be confirmed prior to the New Year, with masters national squads (Men’s 35s, Men’s 40s and Men’s 45s) finalised some time in Q1 2017.

Finally the events calendar for 2017 is here (Note, this still being updated with domestic dates): http://www.englandtouch.org.uk/events/

Remember to put 2017 Touch Nationals in your diary. It is the late August long-weekend (and it will be fixed to this date annually). There are plans being formulated for separate tournament for masters division.

Join the Team – We’re hiring!

Here at England Touch we are always seeking new people to help grow the sport of Touch in England.

If you are keen and enthusiastic about joining our team, take a look at our Vacancies page and see if you fit the bill of any our available roles.


What’s happening with the England junior programme for 2017?

Here at England HQ we are still in the process of planning for the 2017 junior programme and confirming the coaching and management team.

The 2017 Junior Touch Championships (JTC) will  be held in Dublin on 18-20 August, 2017.

More information will be available in the New Year. In the meantime, we’d be happy to receive expressions of interest from new junior players by completing this Google Form. (Returning players don’t need to fill out the EOI.)

For more information on the tournament make sure to like the JTC FB page.


#TouchNationals – Men’s Open Final 2016

Take a look at some of Europe’s best men’s players, battling it out at the 2016 Ryvita #TouchNationals.

Both South East teams went head to head in the finals, after a gruelling 3 days worth of Touch… See the highlights here!

Results and more info of this years event can be found here:

Peterborough Winter Touch Tournament

On a cold but sunny Sunday afternoon eight Touch teams from the Midlands region took part in an inaugural Winter Touch Tournament at Peterborough Touch’s training ground. The teams were:

► Peterborough Touch
► Orton Ospreys
► Honey Badgers (Cambridge Touch)
► Ipswich Cobras
► Norwich Rebels
► Northampton COYS Touch
► Birmingham University
► University of East Anglia Touch

Peterborough Touch Club

Peterborough Touch Club, hosts of the inaugural Winter Touch Tournament

The aim of the tournament was to help Touch Clubs in the region network with other clubs, play structured games against teams of a similar standard and give referees an opportunity to increase their experience.

The tournament was a big success and very well organised. This allowed for lots of play over three hours, with fast-paced ten minute games (and no half-times to stop players getting cold!), which ensured a high intensity for each game.

Angelina Bingley, from Norwich Rebels quoted

“It’s really important for clubs to have these types of tournaments so you can test yourself against teams of a similar level and put in to action your game plans that you train for. It really helps to raise the standard.”

Image result for peterborough touch clubIt was a highly enjoyable, well-contested tournament, with some great touch played. The Honey Badgers ran out eventual winners and take the title of Winter Tournament champions! Congratulations to them, and very well played to all the other teams involved.

Max Raymond from Peterborough Touch, and one of the organisers of the tournament, had this to say:

“A big thank you to all the teams who travelled to support our tournament today and special thanks to all the referees and time-keepers. We hope to hold more events like this in the future.”

The Honey Badgers headed over from Cambridge