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Membership Options

Membership
Whether you are an individual player, coach, referee or medic, are setting up a club or are establishing a league or competition then there is a membership option for you.

 

Full individual membership is required for the following participants

PLAYERS To play in any National Touch Series event and Touch Nationals competitions; to participate in an Elite (national representative) team, along with any other England Touch hosted event

REFEREES To be a full-time referee (not a player-referee) at any National Touch Series event, Touch Nationals, or Elite competitions

COACH To be head or assistant coach to a Touch Nationals or Elite team

MEDICAL To provide medical or physio cover for National Touch Series events, and Touch Nationals competitions and for Elite teams

OVERSEAS PLAYER To play in a National Touch Series competition if not resident in the UK

UNIVERSITY NTS To participate in the University National Touch Series if not already a full member

ONE-OFF INDIVIDUAL Individuals wishing to play in one England Touch club competition event. This option is only valid for one event per calendar year

Fees

All memberships (except for one-off membership) are valid for one year from the date of purchase/renewal

Full membership £20

Full membership, students 18-23 £14

Full membership, students under 18 £8

Overseas player £20

One-off £8

University Touch Series £5

Benefits

Insurance and welfare cover

  • Public liability insurance cover for all individual members
  • Personal accident insurance cover for all individual members aged 16-70 who are legally resident in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland
  • Please see our individuals insurance page for details of cover
  • Reduced-cost DBS checks for coaches & organisers associated with players under 18 and vulnerable adults

Have your say

The following do not apply to Overseas and One-off members

  • Direct involvement in shaping the future of Touch in England
  • Input into the sport’s development in Europe and around the world

Participation and development opportunities

  • Involvement in any National Touch Series and University Touch Series event, in which only those registered have the opportunity to part of (subject to conditions)
  • Involvement in the Touch Nationals tournaments and England representation in which only those registered have the opportunity to part of (subject to conditions)
  • Priority access and reduced cost to courses organised by the ETA and outside companies, including relevant CPD training (subject to qualifying conditions)
  • Access to development days, education pathways, coursework, and specialist coaching days provided by England Touch and our relationship with EFT, FIT, TFA and TNZ
  • Development officers at national and local levels to engage with schools, rugby development officers and others to help aid understanding of touch and how it can help achieve aims for inclusion and physical activity. Better awareness leads to increased participation
  • Opportunity for coaching from Referee Board at NTS/Touch Nationals (Referee)
  • Opportunity to attend England Touch Camps and shadow others (Referee, Coach, Medical)
  • FIT and EFT affiliation, including indirect benefits such as referee panels to improve our top referees and referee coaches, courses for coaches and coaching presenters

Governance support

  • Access to a shared a national disciplinary network and standards ensuring that all players are dealt with consistently and fairly and that affiliates and participants are protected from disruptive players nationwide
  • Access and compliance support on constitutions and running operations within boundaries of relevant regulations and laws, protection policies, disciplinary procedures, and a national code of conduct
  • Advice and support regarding safeguarding, equality, inclusion and judiciary matters

Access to discounts and subsides

  • Access to discounts offered by ETA’s partners
  • Free gym membership: Elite representatives are eligible for the FANS (Free Access to National Sports-people) scheme (dependant on location and available facilities)
  • Subsidy towards elite representation costs, including travel and accommodation (Referee, Coach, Medical)
  • Subsidy towards European Touch referee (L3+) and ETA coaching (L2) courses (Referee, Coach)
  • Provision of official ETA kit for those delivering relevant courses and/or attending a prerequisite number of competitions (tbc) (Referee, Coach, Medical)

Quality assurance

  • Access to ETA trained referees, coaches and medical staff
  • Protection under the national constitution, by-laws and policies
There are a number of options for clubs to become affiliated to England Touch.

FULL CLUB To participate in any National Touch Series event or other competition run by England Touch

UNIVERSITY CLUB For university-based clubs wishing to participate in the University National Touch Series, or in any National Touch Series event, or other competition run by England Touch

SCHOOL CLUB For school-based clubs wishing to participate in England Touch schools tournaments

O2 TOUCH CLUB For RFU O2 Touch Base clubs wishing to be listed in England Touch’s Where to Play directory

Exclusions: Insurance is provided independently through the RFU, not England Touch. Does not permit entry into any MWTC, National DTS, CTS, NTS, or other England Touch hosted competition (must register as a Full Club for access to these)

Fees

All memberships are valid for one year from the date of purchase/renewal

FULL CLUB MEMBERSHIP £150

UNIVERSITY CLUB MEMBERSHIP £80

SCHOOL CLUB MEMBERSHIP £0

O2 TOUCH CLUB MEMBERSHIP £0

Benefits

Insurance and welfare cover (not applicable to O2 Touch Clubs)

  • Please see our club insurance page for details of cover
  • DBS costs included in club membership

Have your say (not applicable to O2 Touch Clubs)

  • Representation within England Touch as a member with voting rights at the AGM
  • Direct involvement in shaping the future of Touch in England
  • Input into the sport’s development in Europe and around the world

Promotion opportunities

  • Recognition of your Touch operation on England Touch’s Where to Play database
  • Ability to promote as an affiliated operation and attract players and referees with an open and clear development pathway
  • Promotion and marketing of club activities and events on the England Touch website, social media channels, newsletter, etc

Participation and development opportunities

  • One complimentary place on a Level 1 Referee course (not applicable to O2 Touch Clubs)
  • Involvement in the National Touch Series, University Touch Series, in which only those registered have the opportunity to part of (subject to conditions)
  • Access to development days, education pathways, coursework, and specialist coaching days provided by England Touch and our relationship with EFT, FIT, TFA and TNZ
  • Development officers at national and local levels to engage with schools, rugby development officers and others to help aid understanding of touch and how it can help achieve aims for inclusion and physical activity. Better awareness leads to increased participation.
  • Opportunity to host one of the National Development Touch Series events (subject to criteria and decision by England Touch)
  • Opportunity to hold one-off club days/inter-club/other tournaments, with the support of England Touch
  • FIT and EFT affiliation, including indirect benefits such as referee panels to improve our top referees and referee coaches, courses for coaches and coaching presenters

Governance support

  • Access to a shared a national disciplinary network and standards ensuring that all players are dealt with consistently and fairly and that affiliates and participants are protected from disruptive players nationwide
  • Access and compliance support on constitutions and running operations within boundaries of relevant regulations and laws, protection policies, disciplinary procedures, and a national code of conduct.
  • Advice and support regarding safeguarding, equality, inclusion and judiciary matters.

Access to discounts and subsides

  • One complimentary place on a Level 1 Referee course (not applicable to O2 Touch Clubs)
  • Access to discounts offered by England Touch partners
  • ‘Economies of scale’ reductions – the larger the affiliation structure, the more attractive it becomes to investors.

Quality assurance

  • ETA structures and procedures provide quality assurance for affiliated operators. Players and referees can see at a glance that an event will warrant their participation
  • The right to run touch activities (using the FIT rules) is restricted to affiliates only. The ETA will protect affiliates from having their competition undermined by ‘unaffiliated organisers’ who badge their activity as ‘Touch’ where it is fundamentally different to FIT rules.
  • Access to ETA trained referees, coaches and medical staff
  • Protection under the national constitution, by-laws and policies
England Touch can offer support and advice for your league or competition.

LEAGUES Regularly scheduled inter-team competitions run over multiple weeks. This membership is required to enable England Touch Individual or Club members to be able to participate in your league

COMPETITIONS One-off inter-team competitions, tend to be one or two days in duration. This is required for England Touch Individual or Club members to be able to participate in your one-off event. You must have your own public liability insurance.

Payment for a minimum of four teams must be made in advance, and the balance paid one week prior to event. Refunds are only available if the event is cancelled, and not later than 60 days after initial deposit.

If you are an affiliated Club or League wishing to run an event, this is covered under your existing Club or League membership.

Fees

All memberships are valid for one year from the date of purchase/renewal

LEAGUES - INDIVIDUAL AND CLUB OPERATORS £20 per team entered in largest league of the year (includes ETA insurance cover). One membership per venue operated

LEAGUES - PROFESSIONAL SPORTS EVENT OPERATORS £15 per team entered in largest league of the year (does not include ETA insurance cover, you must hold your own insurance). One membership per venue operated

LEAGUES - ENGLAND TOUCH LEAGUE PARTNERS Incorporated into franchise agreement

EVENTS £10 per team entered in your competition. Not required for affiliated Clubs or Leagues running events

Benefits

Insurance and welfare cover

  • Please see our league operators insurance page for details of cover

Have your say

  • Representation within England Touch as a member with voting rights at the AGM (League only)
  • Direct involvement in shaping the future of Touch in England (League only)
  • Input into the sport’s development in Europe and around the world (League only)

Promotion opportunities

  • Recognition of your touch operation on England Touch’s Where to Play database
  • Ability to promote as an affiliated operation and attract players and referees with an open and clear development pathway
  • Promotion and marketing of club activities and events on the England Touch website, social media channels, newsletter, etc

Participation and development opportunities

  • Access to development days, education pathways, coursework, and specialist coaching days provided by England Touch and our relationship with EFT, FIT, TFA and TNZ (League only)
  • Development officers at national and local levels to engage with schools, rugby development officers and others to help aid understanding of touch and how it can help achieve aims for inclusion and physical activity. Better awareness leads to increased participation.
  • FIT and EFT affiliation, including indirect benefits such as referee panels to improve our top referees and referee coaches, courses for coaches and coaching presenters

Governance support

  • Access to a shared a national disciplinary network and standards ensuring that all players are dealt with consistently and fairly and that affiliates and participants are protected from disruptive players nationwide
  • Access and compliance support on constitutions and running operations within boundaries of relevant regulations and laws, protection policies, disciplinary procedures, and a national code of conduct
  • Advice and support regarding safeguarding, equality, inclusion and judiciary matters

Access to discounts and subsides

  • ‘Economies of scale’ reductions – the larger the affiliation structure, the more attractive it becomes to investors. Affiliates can make themselves more attractive to sponsors through running ETA-affiliated events

Quality assurance

  • England Touch structures and procedures provide quality assurance for affiliated operators. Players and referees can see at a glance that an event will warrant their participation
  • The right to run touch activities (using the FIT rules) is restricted to affiliates only. England Touch will protect affiliates from having their competition undermined by ‘unaffiliated organisers’ who badge their activity as ‘Touch’ where it is fundamentally different to FIT rules.
  • Access to ETA trained referees, coaches and medical staff
  • Protection under the national constitution, by-laws and policies (League only)

No entry to unaffiliated leagues and events

  • England Touch supports English clubs, players, and officials taking part in touch tournaments throughout the UK and worldwide, but you should take care to ensure that the competitions in which you participate are affiliated to the relevant National Touch Association (England Touch in England).
  • Taking part in an unaffiliated event is against Federation of International Touch (FIT) policy and could result in clubs, players, or officials being banned from future England Touch and/or FIT-affiliated events.
  • Please be aware of the consequences of participating in unaffiliated competitions; if you are unsure, always ask first.
  • Further information on unaffiliated competitions can be found below
While we support any English teams, players and officials taking part in affiliated Touch tournaments across the country and abroad, you should take care that any you are involved in are indeed properly affiliated to the relevant national touch association (NTA).

Taking part in an unaffiliated event is against England Touch Association (ETA) and Federation of International Touch (FIT) policy and could result in a player, team or official being banned from future England Touch and/or FIT affiliated events.

The following is a reminder regarding Touch events that are not affiliated with the ETA, and therefore not affiliated with FIT.

Please see Section 8 of the FIT Procedures and Protocols policy: “Unaffiliated Rule”. This is especially relevant if you have any intention/desire to participate in any FIT affiliated or sanctioned event that may be delivered by or on behalf of FIT, or by any FIT member NTA.

Relevant Policy Text

8.2 Teams, players, referees and officials cannot participate in a FIT event unless that team is affiliated directly or indirectly with a Federation Member. The reverse situation also applies, that is, if team players, referees and officials, participate in an unaffiliated event (despite also participating in affiliated events), they cannot participate in any FIT sanctioned event.

8.7 If a team, player, referee, official etc. participates in an unaffiliated competition, regardless of whether they also play in an affiliated competition, they will be automatically ineligible to participate in a FIT hosted or co-hosted tournament for a period of four (4) years. In addition they are automatically ineligible to participate in any event sanctioned by the FIT Members they are affiliated with for a period of one (1) year.

How you participate (i.e. play, referee, coach, etc.) in an unaffiliated event is not relevant. How you would participate in the FIT event is also not relevant. The determining factor is that you participated in an unaffiliated event at all. In other words:
If you participate in an unaffiliated event in any capacity then you risk being excluded from participating in FIT events in any capacity – including but not limited to the World Cup, European Championships, Home Nations and Mainland Cup. According to the policy wording, such an exclusion could also potentially extend to any event that is affiliated to or sanctioned by any FIT member NTA.

Sanctions would be determined and applied by FIT. Claiming that you “didn’t know” or “weren’t aware of” the policy and regulations on this issue is unlikely to be considered a reasonable defence/excuse.

If you are unsure whether or not an event is affiliated, please make contact with the ETA’s Events team (events@englandtouch.org.uk) to ask for clarification/confirmation before you decide to participate. If the event is unaffiliated please advise the ETA, who will then liaise with FIT and EFT.

This website has a central events calendar which lists many affiliated events taking place, including some European events – this is updated regularly and you are encouraged to refer to it. If you know of affiliated events taking place that are not listed on this calendar, then you are also encouraged to recommend to those organisers that they submit their information. Affiliating an event to the ETA is a simple process and information on how to do so can be found on the Membership section of this website.

Please use the following calendars to stay abreast of all tournaments in England and in Europe:

ETA Events

European Events

Please do be aware of the consequences of participating in unaffiliated events. If you are unsure always ask first.

New memberships

To order a new membership just follow the process below, starting with this simple drop-down!

Terms and conditions

  • All applications for membership of the England Touch are governed by the Constitution, Regulations and By-Laws of England Touch
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you qualify for membership under the criteria set by England Touch
  • Existing members will receive a renewal reminder email four weeks before their existing membership expires. You do not need to renew or re-register until this point

We are England Touch

We are the players. We are the supporters, willing us on. We are the medals, waiting to be won. We are the touchdowns, waiting to be scored. We are the men and women of all ages. We are the talent of today. We are the potential for tomorrow. We are one team. We are England Touch