The National Touch Tournament is an annual 2 day tournament where regional sides compete for the national title. This also forms the basis for player development and pathway leading to National Squad selection.
The tournament will show case the best players from each region and will be used as a basis for selection for the Open, senior and master’s sides for Home Nations 2013. This tournament will increase player’s exposure across England to coaching, improve coaches skills and lift the standard of England Touch across the board.
Regional and assistant coaches have been selected by the Director of Elite Coaching . Each region will announce their own trial dates, so please keep an eye on the England Touch website. The 2013 Nationals is to be held on 13th and 14th April 2013 at Bolton School, Chorley New Rd, Bolton. This is not open to club sides, only sanctioned regional franchises are allowed to participate.
The regional sides for 2013 are:
The exact borderlines are as shown here - Regional Boundaries
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 the region in the last 12 months; or be registered (and regularly play) with an affiliated club; or live within the regional boundaries outlined. Any exception needs to be authorised by the High Performance Team.
If anyone has any general queries please email Marnie (Marnie@englandtouch.org.uk)
Below are links to all the announcements and other info you need. Keep checking back, as more info is being released all the time.