Help grow Touch in universities!

If you want to help grow Touch in universities then check out these new roles with the England Touch Association!

The University Touch Series has grown rapidly over the past few years and is now a key part of the England Touch development pathway, with England Scholars men’s and women’s teams representing us at the 2017 EFT Championship Permit competition in France.

But we’re not resting on our laurels, so are seeking committed and enthusiastic individuals to help us continue our recent expansion.

UTS Operations Assistant

  • Liaising directly with host universities to organise infrastructure (pitch markings, first aid, gazebos etc)
  • Logistical assistance with referees, teams, third parties and sponsors

CLICK HERE for full details

UTS Marketing Assistant

  • Assisting Manager growing UTS in general; advertising towards Universities and helping to drive up club numbers
  • Manage the coverage of each event – pictures, social media, tournament write-up, etc – and any other great ideas for tournament days!

CLICK HERE for full details

Both roles will report into Harry Grocott, University Touch Manager. To apply or request more information email university@englandtouch.org.uk

Community Coaching Courses coming up in November and December

England Touch is running two Community Coaching Courses ahead of the Christmas break, one in Marlow, Buckinghamshire and a second in Catterick, North Yorkshire.

Community Coaching Courses last for one day and cover the coaching basics for anyone wanting to start their coaching journey and to learn more about Touch.

Topics include:

– The role of the community coach
– Communication
– Group management
– Safe environment and risk management
– Planning, preparing and reviewing
– Basic rules of Touch and game skills
– Practical coaching advice

You do not need to have any previous experience to take part in this six-hour course.

Costs are £20 per person.

Marlow | Sun, Nov 26th | Presenter: Adrian Fear | CLICK HERE to book

Catterick | Sat, Dec 9th | Presenter: Lesley McCallion | CLICK HERE to book

England Touch will be running more coaching courses at all levels in 2018. CLICK HERE to register your interest, and head to www.englandtouch.org.uk/coaching-courses for all the information.

Exeter capitalise on home advantage

Round 3 of the University Touch Series was hosted by Exeter at Duckes Meadows, and was run simultaneously with a local South West Series tournament, proving to be a huge day of Touch!

The group stages kicked off with some big games; Exeter Hurricanes starting their day as hosts well by beating Loughborough Wolves 3-0, and Bath Hawks beating Exeter Monsoon 2-1. Oxford University fell to the Exeter Hurricanes 6-0 in the next round of games, which also saw Southampton put on a good show beating Loughborough 2nd team 6-2, and Bath Pumas beat Exeter Storm 5-1.

At the end of the groups the top eight teams went through to the Cup quarter finals, which saw the following results:

  • Ex Hurricanes 13 – 3 Southampton
  • Bath Hawks 9 – 1 Bath Pumas
  • Bristol (1s) 9 – 2 Exeter Typhoon
  • Ex Monsoon 2 – 3 Loughborough Wolves

The Bowl semi-finals saw Oxford beat Bristol (2s) 5-2, and Ex Storm beat Loughborough (2s) 3-1, setting up a final between Exeter Storm and Oxford.

The losers from the Cup quarter finals played one another in the Plate semi, which saw Exeter Typhoon and Exeter Monsoon progress to the Plate final, which Exeter Monsoon went on to win 4-2.

The Cup semis saw two great games with UTS heavyweights. Exeter Hurricanes ground out a physical game with Bristol (1), eventually winning 4-3, and Bath Hawks secured their second Cup final of the season beating Loughborough Wolves 5-3.

The Cup final therefore saw Exeter Hurricanes look to defend their home turf against the Hawks, something they have failed to do in previous seasons. It started badly for the hosts with the Hawks scoring with the first phase of the game; however the Hurricanes didn’t let this affect them and responded with a number of scores of their own, ending the half 4-2 up. The Hurricanes put in a more dominant display in the second half and ran out 7-2 winners, winning the Cup final for the first time in a home round.

Notable MVP’s went to Valerie Toze and Dom Brook, both of Exeter.

Thank yous as always go to the referees Stephen Dubreuil, Tom Bedkowski, Aubrey Collins, and Tim Chandler, as well as to Exeter University and Max’s committee for hosting.

Exeter dominate UTS Round 2

The University Touch Series headed to the University of Cardiff for the first time, and Exeter dominated to take home their first ever Cup title.

The group stages kicked off with some unexpected scores; hosts Cardiff falling 7-0 to Bath Hawks, Exeter Hurricanes beating Bristol 1 5-0, and Loughborough Wolves losing a tight game 3-1 to Exeter Monsoon.

The groups continued with intermittent scoring – some round seeing very close scores with1-2 scores in it (Exeter Typhoon 1-2 Southampton, Loughborough 2 0-1 Ex Storm, Bristol 2 2-1 Bath Panthers), followed by a big round of 6+ score differences (Bath 1 9-0 Exeter 3, Exeter Hurricanes 9-0 Loughborough 2, and Loughborough Wolves 7-1 Bristol 2).

This saw Bath Hawks end the group stages with the highest points for, 21 after 3 games, but Exeter Hurricanes topping them by one on points difference having not conceded a single score during the groups with a points difference of 20 after three games (Bath on +19 pd).

At the end of the group stages the top eight teams progressed to the Cup quarter finals, and the remaining four sides went directly into the Bowl semi-finals.

The Cup saw Exeter Hurricanes, Exeter Monsoon, Exeter Typhoon, and Bristol 1 go through to the Cup semis, with Southampton, Loughborough Wolves, Bristol 2, and Bath Hawks miss out and progress to the lower Plate semi. Big shocks coming with both Loughborough Wolves and Bath Hawks falling in the quarters set up a some very intriguing semi-finals!

The Bowl semi-final saw Loughborough 2 progress along with Bath Panthers to the Bowl final, with Exeter Storm and Cardiff missing out respectively. The Plate semis saw Southampton Stags beat Bristol 2, and Bath Hawks beat Loughborough Wolves in what previously have been a contender for the main Cup final event.

The Cup semis saw a dominant win for Exeter Hurricanes against their Exeter Typhoon, and a physical display from Bristol 1 saw them go through against Exeter Monsoon 4-2.

The Bowl final saw Bath Panthers beat Loughborough 2 4-3 in a great game, and the Plate Final saw Bath Hawks put on a dominant display against Southampton, winning 6-1.

The Cup final saw Exeter Hurricanes face off against Bristol 1. Exeter went 3 scores up in quick order, but Bristol fought back with touchdowns of their own. Exeter however turned the intensity on again in the second half and ran out eventual winners 10-3.

Expressions of interest now open for refereeing at 2018 Euros

England Touch is now accepting expressions of interest for refereeing at the 2018 European Touch Championships (ETC) in Nottingham.

It is going to be the biggest ETC on record, so we will need more referees than ever before!

Expressions of interest are therefore invited from all qualified referees based in England. You must have your Level 1 badge as a minimum, and be free on the weekend of July 18-21, 2018.

The deadline for nominations is November 30th, 2017 – CLICK HERE to submit an expression of interest form. Please note that if you have not completed a beep test in the past three months you will be required to run one before November 30th to demonstrate your current fitness levels.

Once all EOIs have been received (by 30 November 2017) the nominations will be ranked by the ETA Referee Committee using the criteria set out in the selection policyPlease do not be put off if you do not meet all of the selection criteria; these were intentionally set to be strict for the first round of selection.

The initial referees selected will be a small number (informed by a European quota system) who are likely to meet these requirements. They will be ranked as Tier A. They will be informed of their selection in January 2018.

After that round it is highly likely that more referees will be needed – at which point the process will be opened up to those referees in Tier B. They will be informed early in 2018.

Any specific questions can be emailed to refs@englandtouch.org.uk

We want your views on how we’re doing!

England Touch has launched its first ever survey to understand in greater detail who is now playing the sport and who makes up the association’s membership.

The comprehensive survey is made up of three parts – playing, club and England Touch – and takes between five and 10 minutes to complete. Everyone who completes the survey will go into the hat to win one of five pairs of tickets to matches at an Aviva Premiership club of your choice*.

Just CLICK HERE to complete the form before November 12th. The information will be used by the England Touch management as they plan for 2018 at a forthcoming weekend meeting.

We know that Touch is much bigger than England Touch’s own competitions, so members and club administrators are encouraged to share the survey among players who might come to training sessions and play in friendly fixtures but are not necessarily full England Touch members.

2018 is going to be a massive year for Touch in England, with the European Touch Championships in Nottingham forming the centrepiece of a 12 months packed with competitions and anticipated further growth of what is already one of the country’s fastest-expanding sports.

Thanks for your continued support of England Touch!

*Specific match cannot be guaranteed

Men’s 45s head coach vacancy

A vacancy has arisen as the head coach for the England Men’s 45s team.

Head coaches are responsible for leading their management team and guiding the group of players towards their 2018 international competitions.

Experience coaching either with an England national team or in the Ryvita Touch Nationals is essential, as is a FIT Intermediate (Level 1) coaching qualification. It will be a mandatory requirement for head coaches to get the FIT Advanced (Level 2) coaching qualification in 2018.

Two-to-ten hours of preparation and review work is likely per week, while the head coach must attend individual team training sessions as well as England high performance weekends.

The successful candidate will be appointed for a two-year term up until and including the 2019 Touch World Cup in Malaysia.

CLICK HERE for a task description

CLICK HERE for a job description

Expressions of interest MUST be received by November 12th, ahead of the squad’s training session the following weekend.

CLICK HERE to download an application form.

CLICK HERE to email Sammie Phillips, high performance advisor, with any specific questions.

Run-down of Board, operational and high performance openings

The England Touch Association has a number of management vacancies available for the build-up towards the 2018 European Touch Championships.

BOARD LEVEL

GOVERNANCE DIRECTOR

Role purpose:

– To support the ETA in achieving its strategic vision

– Ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations, and a commitment to best practice

– Implementation and self-assessment of the Sport and Recreation Alliance voluntary code of good governance

– Maintain effective relationships and accountability among internal and external stakeholders

CLICK HERE for more details

FINANCE DIRECTOR

Role purpose:

The Finance Director role oversees for the financial management and reporting of the England Touch Association. This is a hands-on role that encompasses budget setting, transaction management and reporting of financial information to the executive committee and wider association. In addition, the Finance Director is also involved in IT systems, taxation, compliance and risk management.

CLICK HERE for more details

HIGH PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR

Role purpose:

– To lead and implement strategies and plans to ensure the sustained success of England Touch teams across all senior and junior age divisions at the international elite level for the annual campaign cycle

– Lead the coaches and staff of the high performance team, ensuring that the input and contributions of all stakeholders is maximised and aligned to the agreed direction

– To ensure the on-going development of England Touch elite athletes and coaches

CLICK HERE for more details

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Role purpose:

– Act in an advisory capacity by bringing a breadth of business and management knowledge and experience from a professional background for the benefit of the England Touch Association and the sport of Touch

– Constructively review, challenge and make creative contributions in the development and implementations of the ETA’s strategy

– Contribute to building a trusted network of partners, stakeholders and business contacts

– Scrutinise executive activity and monitor ETA performance in meeting agreed goals and objectives

– Provide an independent view and broad perspective to the Board’s decision-making process

CLICK HERE for more details

OPERATIONAL

EVENTS MANAGER

Role purpose:

– Responsible for delivering a range of tournaments for all ages and standards of players to compete in across England

– To provide the opportunity for England Touch to nurture talent and improve standards of performance of all involved in Touch through regular high class competition

CLICK HERE for more details

COMMERCIAL PARTNERSHIPS AND SPONSORSHIP MANAGER

Role purpose:

– To develop and deliver the ETA’s commercial strategy and to realise significant commercial sponsorship revenue to the benefit of the ETA, to in turn help sustain and improve England’s world and European standings

– Development of sponsorship proposals for acquisition. Negotiate, secure and manage on behalf of the ETA all sponsorship, value-in-kind partnerships and licensing agreements

– Effectively oversee the management of key relationships and commercial/sponsor partners, including servicing and fulfilling sponsorship requirements across the ETA’s commercial portfolio

– The successful candidate will help to contribute to the ETA’s strategic and operational priorities while supporting business development activities

CLICK HERE for more details

SECRETARY

Role purpose:

– Lead administrator for the ETA

– To support the committee members in their roles

– Take a leading role in organising the annual general meeting and strategic planning weekend

CLICK HERE for more details

PERFORMANCE

STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH

Role purpose:

– To provide strength and conditioning support to England national team coaches and players

– To provide guidance to players and coaches regarding best practice in relation to strength training and conditioning

– To liaise with the medical and sports science teams to deliver strength and conditioning programmes in line with ETA performance targets

– To develop individual and team assessments and appropriate management strategies

– To provide support during international tournaments, including recovery, well-being, muscle function, movement demands, and physiological responses to match play and other matters

CLICK HERE for more details

SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST

Role purpose:

– To develop a holistic approach underpinned by evidence-based practice to support both athletes and coaches in their preparation for international competition, and then during the tournaments

– To liaise with elite coaches and the ETA’s medical and sports science teams to ensure the ongoing development of England Touch elite athletes

CLICK HERE for more details

NATIONAL TEAM MANAGERS

National Squad Team Managers are responsible for the organisation and administration of their allocated team from pre-tournament preparation through to post-tournament wrap-up meetings.

Team Managers need to have demonstrable team management experience, delivering within pressurised environments with multiple stakeholders. Previous experience within elite sport is highly desirable.

Please note that Team Managers are non-playing individuals.

CLICK HERE for more details (adult squads)

CLICK HERE for more details (junior squads)

NATIONAL TEAM ASSISTANT COACHES

Role purpose:

– Responsible for supporting their head coach in the training camp and helping to lead their team in the 2018 international season

– To work within a matrix environment with the England High Performance team, within the line management structure of their respective national team

Assistant coach positions are available for the following teams, with two assistants per team:

Mixed 15s, Mixed 18s, Boys’ 18s, Girls’ 18s, Mixed 21s, Men’s 21s, Women’s 21s, Mixed Open, Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Senior, Women’s 27s, Men’s 30s, Men’s 35s, Women’s 35s, Men’s 40s, and Men’s 45s

CLICK HERE for more details

England Touch Association continues to expand with new roles now available

England Touch is announcing plans for significant expansion as an organisation, including a new full-time Board position of Chief Operating Officer to capitalise on recent successes and continue to grow the sport. This comes at an exciting time as England prepares to host the 2018 European Touch Championships.

The new role of England Touch Chief Operating Officer will be responsible for leading and strategically managing all business operations, working closely with our volunteers to ensure we continue to deliver a high-quality service for all our members. England Touch expects this role to start in the 2017/18 financial year and the contract will initially be for 18 months, finishing shortly after the 2019 Touch World Cup. The sport has experienced significant growth in recent years and remunerating a member of staff for the first time is critical to the ongoing success of the organisation.

The rapid expansion of Touch in England has also been reliant on the commitment and hard work of a dedicated group of volunteers. Given England Touch has always been volunteer-led the rapidity of the sport’s development has been remarkable. As with all sports, Touch will continue to rely on the dedication and support of its volunteers who are absolutely integral to the success of the sport. As such, England Touch is also looking to remunerate those volunteers who have gone above and beyond to deliver for the organisation during the 2016/17 season while the new Chief Operating Officer role has been in development.

In addition, England Touch is always looking for more volunteers to help us develop the sport. We have a range of roles currently available and new roles in development – from administrative support roles right up to Board level positions – there is something to suit every skill set.

In 2017 over 20,000 men, women, boys and girls were regularly playing the sport across England, with over 65 clubs now affiliated to England Touch, double the number from three years ago.

This year the Ryvita Touch Nationals was bigger than ever before, with over 60 teams taking part and a separate event being required for junior and masters teams for the first time.

At club level the Belief National Touch Series, SPORTTAPE Challenge Touch Series and Steeden Development Touch Series expanded to accommodate new clubs, with the 2017 Finals Day giving 36 teams the chance to shine. Plans for further development in 2018 will be announced in due course.

On the international front England is leading the rest of Europe in terms of the number of players and teams competing on the international stage. Earlier this summer teams competed in every category in the inaugural Senior Touch Championships, with three men’s and three women’s teams taking part in the European Federation of Touch’s (EFT) Premiership Permit.

Touch is also developing among younger players, with England being the only country to send students-only men’s and women’s teams to the EFT Championship Permit in France, and entering teams into every category at the Junior Touch Championships in Dublin.

England Touch is also at the cutting edge in a number of areas, from medical research and provision to new schools and universities development programmes to entrenching relationships with sponsors committed to helping expand the sport into the future.

Touch is on the verge of even more rapid expansion in the run-up to England hosting the European Touch Championships in 2018 and England Touch needs to be in a position to capitalise on this platform and reach out to new participants.

“We’re very fortunate that we’ve had a group of dedicated volunteers willing to give their time to help grow Touch as a sport, and the speed of our expansion is a reflection of the hard work that they have put in,” commented England Touch chief executive Gregg Cropper.

“However England Touch can only go so far by relying on volunteers, who have other commitments around their jobs and families. This is why the Board has explored the viability to begin remunerating a member of staff for the first time.

“This is a very exciting and important development for us as a National Governing Body and we believe that it is an essential step for us to continue on our upward path.”

CLICK HERE for full details about the Chief Operating Officer position, and find out more about our existing and new roles  on our Vacancies Page.

Men’s 45s/50s High Performance Training Squad announced

The England Men’s High Performance Training Squad for the 45s and 50s categories have been announced.

Touch is a sport for all ages, and this is reflected in the rapid growth among the Masters categories, where England leads the way among European teams.

Congratulations to all the players chosen, who can begin looking forward to the 2018 international campaign!

MEN’S 45s/50s SQUAD

Ainscough, Paul (Percy Park)
Allen, Trevor (Nomads)
Banks, John (Percy Park)
Barnett, James
Bevans, Tim (Guildfordians (G:Force Touch))
Boyd, Marc (Canterbury)
Byrne, Robert (O2 – Orrell RUFC)
Carlyon, Mark (Saracens)
Chapman, Richard (Bristol Fijians)
Crowley, Gavin
Davies, Christopher (Wymondham RUFC)
Emburey, David (Northampton COYS)
Gilding, Julian (Crewe and Nantwich)
Grisewood, Iain
Guder, Stephan (Galaxy London)
Hargreaves, Gerard (Percy Park)
Hetherington, Lance
Hobson, Mark (Nottingham)
Ince, Simon
Jensen, Mark
Kings, David
MacDonald, Gene (Cambridge)
Macfarlane, Ray
Madden, Steven (Green and Gold)
Mascarenhas, Dunc (Crewe and Nantwich)
Mitchell, Piers (Percy Park)
Moody, Ian (Percy Park)
Morris, Paul (Chester Cheetahs)
Nolan, Paul (Halton Storm)
Nye, Spencer (Canterbury)
Oberholzer, Theo (South London)
Parsons, Neil (Bristol Fijians)
Ponzio, Salvatore (Bournemouth Touch Centre)
Riggs, Adrian (Canterbury)
Riley, Anthony (Saracens)
Rowberry, Ian
Scott, Mark
Sharpes, Andy (Chester Cheetahs)
Shaw, Andrew (O2 – Orrell RUFC)
Shields, Tim (Manchester Chargers)
Spencer, Ian
Teasdale, Steven (Saracens)
Thompson, Lee (Thames Valley Vikings)
Tu’iono, Piula (Halton Storm)
Tuite, John (Green and Gold)
Veitch, Colin (Saracens)
Verney, Andy
Ward, Keiran
Webb, Nigel
Wilson, Julian (Percy Park)