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Winner of the England Touch Workforce Award ‘Inspiring Others’ 2019, Kevin Hattersley is a volunteer player and coach for a range of clubs in the North West region. Every day he is involved in a rugby-related activity which he juggles around his full-time job and family commitments.   Kevin’s motivation to volunteer stems directly from his personal experiences. Having had ambi ...

England Touch’s management has noted and welcomed the UK government’s announcement of July 9th, 2020, with the latest return-to-play guidance for team sports. The government has requested that all sports provide a structured assessment of the transmission risk and mitigations which will be put in place to minimise said risks in order to take the next steps towards full trainin ...

Federation of International Touch (FIT) and host nation England have jointly decided to defer the Youth Touch World Cup which had been initially planned to take place in July 2021. This decision has been made after considerable deliberation and discussion and is based on a number of factors, including: Ensuring the health and wellbeing of participants and spectators that an ...

England Touch Referees have prepared guides to the changes involved in the move to FIT 5th Edition rules in partnership with the European Federation of Touch. The roll-out of the latest edition of the rules was announced earlier in the year. Once fixtures, Regional Development Series and the National Touch Series begin as per the England Touch return to play protocols FIT 5th ...

England Touch has released its staged return-to-play processes. There are six stages, from ‘Prepare’ all the way up to ‘National’, and the moves between stages are designed to be instigated in response to government and Sport England guidance, both up and down. Returning to competition in Stage 4 will begin at the local level, with matches between neighbouring clubs and then ...

England Touch has today confirmed that the Development National Touch Series events scheduled for August and September have been cancelled. The UK Government’s lockdown may be easing, but group exercise is still limited to six people with no contact allowed, and with no confirmed date as to when either full training will be resumed, let alone mass gatherings of several hundred ...

England Touch has confirmed the Association’s continued growth in 2019, both on and off the field. Internationally England Touch has maintained its third-place status in the world rankings following the Touch World Cup in Putrajaya, Malaysia, and achieved an unprecedented unbeaten campaign at the Junior Touch Championships to win all four gold medals. 2019 also saw a growth i ...

Following the success of the first series of online workshops in the past few weeks, England Touch has scheduled a number more during June. **UPDATE** The original dates have been changed to allow more people to sign up - bookings already made will be valid for the new date. All of the below workshops will be hosted on Zoom, with the link emailed out to participants a day or s ...

As with many other governing bodies of sport, England Touch has been considering how best to articulate our views on the Black Lives Matter movement over the last week. In terms of our stance on racism, we want to stress that our position is unequivocal. There is no place for it in Touch, sport or wider society. Touch is an inclusive sport regardless of ethnicity and to this e ...

Emma Cropper has stepped down from her position as England Touch’s Head Physiotherapist after nearly a decade’s direct involvement in the sport, including undertaking research which has highlighted the injuries encountered within tournaments. When I first started in Touch nine years ago myself and Cari [Thorpe, Head of Medical and Sports Science] thought it was going to be an ...

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