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Events outline for 2021 season

The England Touch Association has outlined the calendar for the 2021 season with the focus on trying to ensure as many opportunities for everyone to participate in a safe and secure environment.

There will be opportunities for clubs and teams to compete on a regional and national basis at development and elite levels, with a number of weekends set aside for Opens, Seniors and Masters, and Junior Nationals, along with High Performance training camps ahead of the Home Nations International Series.

The month of May and much of June have been kept free from national events to ensure a safe return to play and allowing for regional activity to take place. This is currently being worked on with the regional teams, with activity expected to include a range of events, training and development days. Clubs should contact their regional leads for further information (contact details HERE).

The National Touch Series will again be managed centrally by the ETA. All National Touch Series events will be one-day competitions, with both the Elite and Development NTS sharing Saturdays and Sundays. Full details, including venues will be announced shortly.

REFEREES

Please bear in mind that once we get back into National tournaments, we'll be needing referees on games so now is the perfect time to develop your ref capabilities. While we'll try to be flexible, there will be some requirements for referees over the summer so there's a couple of ways to get ahead of the game.
  • Get in touch with your refs! If your club had full-time referees, or even players who helped out now and then, now is the time to get in contact and work out how to get them along in the summer. We'll be offering expenses and circulating signup forms once everything is confirmed
  • Develop your player referees. While we're running small-scale tournaments, we'll look to help you out with getting some Level 1 badges in a couple of ways. Firstly courses are still online so it'll never be easier to get your players up to speed with the rules and ready to help out on the pitch. Secondly, if you contact us (refs@englandtouch.org.uk) with your regional tournaments, we'll try and get ref coaches out to upgrade your player referees to Level 1

DATES

Please note that what follows is the domestic calendar only. Dates and times for the Home Nations International Series will be announced in due course.

APRIL

All weekends available for local matches/tournaments. ‘Local’ in this instance means your town/city/immediate area

MAY

May 1-2

Regional activity, including events, training and development days

May 8-9

Regional activity, including events, training and development days

May 15-16

Regional activity, including events, training and development days

May 22-23

High Performance training camp
Regional activity, including events, training and development days

May 29-30

Regional activity, including events, training and development days

JUNE

June 5-6

Regional activity, including events, training and development days

June 12-13

Regional activity, including events, training and development days

June 19-20

High Performance training camp
Regional activity, including events, training and development days

June 26-27

Elite National Touch Series
Development National Touch Series

JULY

July 3-4

Regional activity, including events, training and development days

July 10-11

Elite National Touch Series
Development National Touch Series

July 17-18

Regional trials/training (Sun only)

July 24-25

High Performance training camp

July 31-Aug 1

Elite National Touch Series
Development National Touch Series

AUGUST

Aug 7-8

Open Nationals

Aug 14-15

Seniors and Masters Nationals

Aug 21-22

Junior Nationals

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

Sept 4

Emerging Men’s and Women’s National Touch Series

Sept 18

Emerging Men’s and Women’s National Touch Series

Oct 2

Elite Men’s and Women’s National Touch Series
Emerging Men’s and Women’s National Touch Series

Oct 16

Elite Men’s and Women’s National Touch Series
Emerging Men’s and Women’s National Touch Series

 

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