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Touch in the park this Saturday

Touch will be on in the park this Saturday from 10am until midday.

touch in the parkHeld at St Nicholas Park in Warwick, next to the astros, the free session will run as follows:

10am – by popular demand there will be a fast and frantic fitness start to the day (nothing too scary!)

10.15am – skills. All about intensity!

10.50am – Game time! We’ll be applying what we’ve talked about in games, with regular catch-up stops on what’s going on. We’ll be looking to continue to build on the basics from previous weeks.

Everyone is welcome.

See you all Saturday!

Touch in the park this Saturday

To celebrate a nice long Bank Holiday weekend there will be an extended touch in the park session this Saturday.

touch in the parkHeld at St Nicholas Park in Warwick, next to the astros, the free session will run as follows:

9.45am – by popular demand there will be a focus on fitness to start (nothing too scary!)

10.10am – skills. We’ll be looking at communication (you will love this one!), and then refreshing work on the wave/drag and finishing up on the scoop technique and application.

10.50am – Game time! We’ll be applying what we’ve talked about in games, with regular catch-up stops on what’s going on.

midday-ish – head to the Bowling Green (it’s accessed just off the car park in the park so walking distance) for a beer/coke/water and chat through touch tactics, or Made in Chelsea in New York, the choice is yours…

Everyone is welcome.

See you all Saturday!

O2 Touch League gets underway!

The O2 Touch League got underway last night at Old Leamingtonians Rugby Club and what a fantastic evening.

touch leagueThe sun was shining and we had six men’s teams, four mixed teams and more than 70 players!

The results from yesterday are as follows:

Men’s League:
Barbarians 4 – Team Wakka 14
JLR AllStars 10 – Salty Dogs 2
Warwick Knights 4 – WMS 7

Mixed League:
Warwick Knights 5 – Warwick Jesters 4
Angry Beavers 0 – ParkLife 6

All this week’s ties were friendlies, so the competition starts for real next week with those newer to touch now having the chance to get the hand of the rules.

See you all next Monday!

Or if anyone would like to go over the basics there will be touch in St Nicholas Park, Warwick, this Saturday from 10am until midday. Everyone is welcome, there is no charge for this, although if driving remember change for the pay and display machine!

Warwick Take Tips From The Top

Last Autumn Warwick member Claire Rylance completed an England Touch survey, as a result of this she was the lucky entrant to win a coaching session from a top England coach for the club.

Saturday April 5th saw the club receiving their coaching from Tim Osborne (Head of Elite Performance and Women’s Open Coach) at their base at Old Leams RFC.

divingThe Warwick members and friends from Wellsborne Ladies Touch were put through their paces with a range of skills and drills during the 3 hour session.  The damp conditions lending themselves perfectly for everyone’s favourite skill of the session…. diving!

There were some top dives on display which hopefully will be recreated over the summer in both the upcoming O2 Touch League and CTS tournaments.

And of course the session was completed with a game to put those new skills into practice. The day was a great success with everyone learning something to take forwards into their play in the future. Huge thanks to Tim for travelling up and putting together a great session for us!

Top touch continues with Warwick Touch:

The O2 Touch League is now underway on Mondays at Old Leams RFC from 6.30pm, and Touch in the Park is back with Jack on Saturday mornings………..there’s no excuse not to get involved!

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Warwick Winners of England Coaching Session

Last year Warwick Touch member Claire Rylance filled out an England Touch survey on development of the sport, little did she know at the time the benefits this would have to the club.

‘It was a survey on the ETA website, I think it only took me 5 minutes to fill in. I’d kind of forgotten about it until October when I got an email through from England Touch. Everyone completing the survey got put in a draw to win their club coaching from one of the England coaches- and it was my name that got drawn out!”

The prize was a coaching session by Tim Osborne (Head of England Elite Performance) for the club.

The club can announce that this will be happening on Saturday 5th April, 10am- 2pm at Old Leamingtonians RFC, please let us know if you are planning to attend the session. It will be great for the whole club but especially those in our CTS squads to prepare for the season ahead.

Venue Change Keeps Warwick Afloat

The wettest winter on record presented challenging times for the hardy Warwick Touchers.

With their Old Leams base slowly getting more and more soggy, handling more tricky and a number of members considering purchasing snorkels and flippers as kit items a change of venue became the most viable option.

Warwick were fortunate in securing the use of the astro pitches at nearby North Leamington School for 8 weeks. No more cancellations due to pitch conditions and a fast running surface has allowed for basic touch skills to shine. With new coach Paul Farrington on board handling has improved, running lines sharpened and the club readied for the Touch season (both social and competitive) ahead.

With the weather now improving the club are glad to announce they will be returning to their base at Old Leamingtonians RFC, Sandy Lane from Monday 24th March co-inciding with the exciting news that Old Leamingtonians will become an O2 Touch Base with Warwick Touch providing the sessions and upcoming Summer League.

New to Touch or played before, come and join us on Monday 24th March at Old Leams RFC from 6pm as we kick off the summer!

England selection for Sam and Claire

Warwick Touch’s dynamic duo Sam Powles and Claire Rylance have been selected for the England Women’s Open training squad ahead of the European Championships this August.

Last September saw Sam and Claire compete with the West Wildcats Regional side at the Nationals tournament in Droitwich. Doubling as trials for the England squads this tournament pits region against region with the top men and women in the country competing.

claire and samFollowing a tough tournament both Sam and Claire were successful in being selected for the England Women’s Open training squad ahead of the European Championships this August.

‘We’re in a squad of 30 which will be cut down to 16 for the tournament itself. The standard is high and the competition tough but we’re learning so much it’s a great experience’

So whilst for many the winter months are the Touch ‘off-season’ the ladies have been training hard having already attended two England training camps.

November saw a trip to Chester for preliminary testing and a chance to meet the rest of the squad. Sprint times, speed endurance and the dreaded Yo-Yo Test on top of essential handling drills meant for a long and tiring weekend.

‘It was really tough but showed us what we need to work on before the next camp. Fitness and getting the basics right is essential at this level.’

So with that in mind the hard-work started despite the Christmas festivities.

‘ We were out training on New Years day, needless to say we pretty much had the gym to ourselves’.

The second camp took place in Reading last month, again more fitness testing to see how the squad was progressing but more game skills and play this time around.

‘We knew what to expect with the fitness testing after the first camp, it was hard work but we both made improvements so the training is paying off. It’s was good to play some games too, you have to learn how your team mates play to be successful.’

The ladies also took part in the recent Manchester Tournament as the England Open’s squad was split into two sides, the ‘Guns’ and ‘Roses’ to maximise game time and experience. Following the round robin and semi-finals it was fitting that it was a Guns and Roses showdown in the final resulting in a 3-3 draw and a drop-off going right down to 3v3 before both our ladies were victorious with the ‘Guns’ side.

Training continues for the girls with another England session following the CTS/NTS weekend in April and another weekend camp in May before the final squad is announced in June.

Get into O2 Touch this summer in Leamington

Do you fancy trying something new this summer? Touch rugby, simply known as Touch, is growing in popularity across the country and Warwick Touch Club is inviting people to come and find out what the sport is all about.

touch run SamLoosely based on rugby, Touch is a minimal contact game, played through the summer. Teams are 6-a-side, and have 6 ‘touches’ to score a touchdown.

The emphasis is on running and evasion, with no kicking, scrums or tackling.

The game’s rules allow for men and women to play on the same teams, making the sport very social and inclusive. The sport also attracts players from a variety of sports, and people who are looking to try something new.

Touch posterWarwick Touch, based at Old Leamingtonians RFC, is inviting men and women to join them to find out more about the game.

Social training sessions are held on Monday evenings at OLRFC, Bericote Road, Blackdown from 6pm onwards. Players of all abilities are catered for, from complete newcomers to international players. Simply come along with sports kit and trainers (or moulded football boots- no metal studs), and join in the coaching and games.

The club is building up to the 8-week long Leamington O2 Touch League, which starts on May 12th.

The league will have a men’s and mixed division, with entries now being taken from companies, sports teams, friends and individuals. Teams will play a weekly 40-minute game per night and receive a set of playing shirts and a team ball. Games will start from 7pm onwards, with clubhouse facilities open every League night. Team entry is £200 (for a team of up to 12 players per night) or £25 as an individual player.

If you would like to find out more about Warwick Touch Club and enter into the upcoming O2 Touch league please email: warwicktouch@hotmail.com or contact us below:

Social and competitive Touch for men and women of all abilities. We play twice a week, on Saturdays at St Nicholas Park in Warwick from 10-12, and Mondays from 6.30pm until 8pm at Old Leamingtonians Rugby Club. Newcomers are always welcome.

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