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The 2017 England Touch Nationals are to be held on 26th, 27th & 28th of August in Cambridge. This is not open to club sides, only sanctioned regional franchises are allowed to participate.

What are the ‘regional franchises’?

These are the areas in which the country has been split up in to. See the regions here. See the boundaries here.

What is the selection process for the regional teams?

Regional Leads, Regional Managers and Regional Coaches of the Elite Men’s, Elite Women’s, Mixed Open, Men’s Seniors, (Women’s Seniors – TBC), Mixed 18s and Mixed 15s teams in each region are responsible for advertising and administering at least one ‘open’ trial which may be attended by any player eligible for that region before selecting their final squad. The format and timings may vary from region to region. Dates for each region will be advertised in each region’s page.

How many players will be in the regional teams?

Regions are free to have whatever size training squad the regional coaches see as appropriate. The squads will need to be cut down to 16 players per team for the tournament in August 2017.

Are regional teams open to anyone to play in?

No, Nationals is being used to develop players in each region who are eligible for England selection. Regional coaches are only able to select those players who are eligible to be selected for an England squad.

All players must have full membership to play.

I am currently injured, what are my options?

If you are injured you need to contact (emailTBC), before the selection day.

How were the regional coaches appointed/selected?

Regional and assistant coaches are appointed by the regional leads. The Regional Leads are appointed by the Head of Development Pathways and the HP Team.

How often are the coaching/training sessions?

The goal is for every team to train weekly. This will be dependent on individual regions requirements. There are no restrictions imposed as regional coaches will know what works best for their region. If you wish to discuss this matter further please contact your regional coach.

Are all the regions learning the same thing, i.e. is there a ‘curriculum’?

There will be some core basics which all regional will be required to coach. The coaches will also bring their own ideas, experience and knowledge to the training sessions.

If I don’t make the regional squad, can I still make the England squad?

You need to be apart of the regional players pathway to be considered for England.

What are the eligibility rules for regional sides?

In order for a player to be eligible for a region, they will need to have participated in an affiliated league (see list here) in their region in the last 12 months; or be registered (and regularly play) with an affiliated club; or live within the regional boundaries outlined.

What are the eligibility rules for England squads?

Player eligibility for international sporting competition can be a complex and often emotive issue. The defining elements are at the very heart of global competition and key issues involved in ascertaining eligibility include aspects of nationality, passport, residency, ancestry, place of birth, playing history, the respective country’s selection process and even a player’s gender and age.

Please note that in order to be selected to the regional prior to an England national training squad (and subsequent national teams); a player must satisfy the following the criteria in the this Player Eligibility Document.

To apply for exemption if a player does not comply with the eligibility criteria, coaches are to fill in the Eligibility Exemption Request Form.

Are there any exemptions allowed?

Exemptions will be taken on a case-by-case basis by the HP Team. A regional coach who wishes to select a player who does not meet the eligibility criteria outlined above will be required to apply for an exemption to do so.

What if I’ve played for England previously, do I still need to play in the nationals?

Yes, anyone seeking to represent England, needs to play at the England Touch Nationals.

If I want to be considered for the England Men’s 35, 40, or 45 side, do I have to attend?

The selection pathway for masters divisions in 2017 is being reviewed.

How much is it going to cost me to play at Nationals?

The cost of the 2017 Touch Nationals will be cascaded through the Regional Lead.

What are the rules on sponsorship of the regions?

Regions are welcome and encouraged to find their own sponsorship and the extent of sponsorship is at the sole discretion of the region. If you know of an organisation who wishes to be involved in supporting England Touch beyond the regional competition, please contact Gregg Cropper.