“Challenge on” at Bournemouth Touch Centre

The Touch season has tapped off in Bournemouth with a four-team challenge hosted by Jason Cunningham, ETA Regional Development Officer for Dorset and Hampshire.

The challenge, held on February 4th, was aimed at developing knowledge and skills for four local Touch teams in a tournament environment with qualified referees, subs, and half-a-dozen games played in a three-hour period.

As well as a DTS/CTS team from Bournemouth Touch Centre the challenge also included Southampton University’s UTS team and two non-affiliated teams from Bournemouth and Fareham, who brought both current players as well as newcomers to the sport.

ETA ambassador Gareth Perry (England M35) was joined by Suns regional player Ben Absolom helped guide the newer players during the day.

“The best part was seeing the development of the two non-affiliated teams,” Jason said. “Over the morning and the afternoon they worked with some of our ETA ambassadors both in game scenarios and post-match feedback.

“Bournemouth Touch Centre has  excellent facilities and a good depth of experience hosting events as well as a good range of players always willing to be loaned to some as ‘Touch buddies’ to visiting teams to support the teams in their understanding and development.”

The challenge was also sponsored by Fetch The Drinks and The Right Crowd, who both played and supplied some excellent cider for the winners and Cava for runners up and best developing team.

Bournemouth Touch Centre has an open CTS/DTS trial on Saturday, March 4th, and their next four-team Touch challenge is the 11th March.

Anyone looking to visit Bournemouth and play Touch contact Jason on 07566244412.