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Male and Female High Performance Training Squads named for World Cup training

England Touch has announced the Male and Female High Performance Training Squads for initial World Cup training until the end of 2018.

Forty-two men and 38 women have been named in the squads along with a further eight train-on athletes. They will have three training camps in September, October and November, with a final selection camp in early January, after which the Men’s Open, Women’s Open and Mixed Open teams will be chosen for Malaysia 2019.

Congratulations to all of the players who have been selected into the squads!

Male Squad

Mark Aldous (Galaxy London), Ewan Armstrong (University – Exeter), Matthew Bate (Chester Cheetahs), Dominic Brook (University – Exeter), Teddy Brooks (University – Bath), Matt Davis (Canterbury), Nye Davis (University – Bath), Ben Geldart (Hot Custard), Angus Gough (Hot Custard), Tom Hall (CSSC), Clark Hobson (Bareback Riders), Max Howard (Canterbury), Josh Ingram (Wigan Touch Warriors), Hamish Jones (Hot Custard), Sam Jones (Thames Valley Vikings), Sam Lawton-Davis (Thames Valley Vikings), Oli Lee (London Scorpions), Rohan Lee (Thames Valley Vikings), Will Lupton (Nottingham), Dan Mayall (Canterbury), Matt Maynard (Cambridge), Oliver Maynard (Cambridge), Ben Meakin (Nottingham), Jordan Melling (Wigan Touch Warriors), Vaughn Meredith (Canterbury), Ryan Miemczyk (Bareback Riders), Sam Missin (Cambridge), Bradley Murphy (Cambridge), Miles Partridge (Galaxy London), Gabe Pennington (Wigan Touch Warriors), Toby Phillips (Manchester Chargers), James Plimsoll (Hot Custard), George Price (Crewe and Nantwich), Christian Scott (Thames Valley Vikings), Shane Scott (Galaxy London), Will Serocold (London Scorpions), Jack Strain (CSSC), Henry Stratford (CSSC), Dom Tripp (London Scorpions), Matt Watt (Galaxy London), Jon Weston-Stanley (Thames Valley Vikings), George Worboys (Bristol Fijians)

Train-on athletes

Jamie Ironside (Galaxy London), Jack Judd (CSSC), Evan Michaels (CSSC), Kamil Shahabdeen (Bristol Fijians)

Female Squad

Sophie Arbuthnott (London Scorpions), Georgia Blessed (Yorkshire Thorns), Victoria Chiu (London Scorpions), Emily Clews (Galaxy London), Rosamund Cormack (Cambridge), Emily Crowe (London Scorpions), Leah Cuthbertson (Hot Custard, Kate Davis-Bavin (Nottingham), Adeline Drut (Galaxy London), Eleana Ennes (University – Exeter), Naomi Fearnett (Hot Custard), Anna Goddard (Cambridge), Alissa Grant Walker (Bristol Fijians), Jade Grantham, Danni Gregory (Canterbury), Emily Haeger (University – Exeter), Alison Hogg (Bareback Riders), Susannah Hudson (London Scorpions), Emily Irons (London Scorpions), Pheobe Jay (Crewe and Nantwich), Rosie Kells (Bristol Fijians), Jenny Lee (Galaxy London), Sofia Luxton (Thames Valley Vikings), Megan Marchant (Nottingham), Charlotte McFarland (Thames Valley Vikings), Sadi Meakin (Nottingham), Lucy Norburn (Cambridge), Morgan Ogle (Manchester Chargers), Emma Oliver (Nottingham), Ayla Payten (Canterbury), Erin Payten (Canterbury), Caroline Pillman (Hot Custard), Olivia Rae (London Scorpions), Haniyyah Rahman-Shephard (Galaxy London), Charlotte Robinson (University – Exeter), Bronte Sykes, Lydia Ticehurst (Canterbury), Catherine Walker (Galaxy London)

Train-on athletes

Lizzie Dorey (Oxford), Megan Green (Cambridge), Ellie Pitcher (Nottingham), Anna Wilson (Cambridge)

England Touch is now seeking sponsorship and crowd funding to help ease the financial burden faced by players who want to represent their country in Malaysia, a trip that will cost several thousand pounds per player – Touch being a pay-to-play sport with staffing coming from dedicated volunteers – not to mention the regular High Performance Training Squad camps over the winter, too.

Crowdfunding donations are being taken at www.gofundme.com/touch-world-cup with everyone who contributes £100 having their name or message of support sublimated into the kit worn in the tournament.

Companies and individuals who would like to sponsor any of the England Touch teams, competitions or programmes are invited to email Gregg Cropper via gregg@englandtouch.org.uk for an informal discussion.

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