Academy Fun

The Junior & Youth Academy program started Saturday and these smiling faces tell the story.

A lot of fun had by all.

All welcome!

Session 2 commences 1.30pm to 3.00 pm next Saturday April 30th at the Centaurs Sports Park.

Get some of your friends together and Come & Play!

See details at the Junior & Youth Academy tab above.

For further information, please e mail bryan@touchsingapore.org



Junior & Youth Academy Registration

Come & Play!

You can find details on the Academy at the ‘Junior & Youth Academy’ tab above.

The Academy program starts this Saturday April 23rd at 1.30pm at Centaurs Sports Park Turf City – opposite the Giant Supermarket carpark.

Invite your friends - come and make some new friends.

Membership of the Academy will offer a world of opportunity and pathways as a player, coach and referee and opportunities to progress in line with the network of international federation members.

When registering you will be requested to input a Team Code – please use the following Team Code: 21598455

Go to 'I am registering for the first time'

To register click here 

For further information, please don't hesitate to contact Touch Singapore via e mail - bryan@touchsingapore.org 



International Club Challenge Singapore 2016

The International Club Challenge (ICC) is set to go June 11 & 12 with a great mix of International and Asian teams competing, along with a number of the best referees in the world.

The ICC Singapore is planned as an annual tournament with the inaugural tournament delivered in 2014 – and is back on after the 2015 World Cup break last year.

The one-year break has not had any negative affect with an even stronger field of teams from across Australia and around the Asian region registered.

The competition has also attracted the support of some of Australia’s best known and highest ranked referees – many whom have just won accolades at the recent Australian National Touch League (NTL) – recognised as the highest standard tournament in the world.

FYI: - Referees join a challenging and progressive development pathway that commences at Level 1 and goes as high as Level 6. Officials can also progress their skills as Referee Coaches, FIT Referee Course Presenters and Mentors.

Included amongst the group of Australian referees supporting the ICC are -

  • Amanda Sheeky – voted Open Women’s Referee & Referee of the 2016 NTL
  • Rob Bowen, Tony Calabria, Chris Schwerdt, Kai Maruta & Greg Taylor – all of whom were appointed as referees for NTL finals with many having world cup experience

Of the 12 Australian officials supporting the tournament – nine hold level 6 accreditation assuring a high standard of game control and a great learning opportunity for our local officials.

The Aussie’s will join our Asian referee team of -

  • Lynda Scott – Level 5, Singapore (FIT Asia, Director of Referees)
  • Mio Shimma – Level 4, Japan
  • Anne Goh – Level 4, Singapore
  • Dan Kennedy – Level 4, Singapore
  • Simon Bernie – Level 4, Singapore

At this time, five Asian based Level 2 referees from Japan, Malaysia and Singapore have nominated and will be working hard as they attempt to get their Level 3 upgrade.

With the high level of referee support and coaching talent in Singapore for the two-day tournament they will have every opportunity to prove their skills and gain their upgrade.

Teams will compete in Open Men and Open Mixed categories with 8 teams attending from Australia – with many of the players having just participated at NTL 2016.

Teams will arrive from The Northern Territory; Western Australia; Australia’s Capital Territory (Canberra); Perth WA; Queensland and New South Wales.

With our Singapore and Asian regional teams all excited at the prospect of playing against and enjoying the learning experience from this challenging opposition it will make for a great weekend of international action.

Special thanks to Ian Matthew FIT Director of Referees and Matt Irons from Touch Football Australia for their efforts and support leading up to the tournament.

The ICC will be staged at the Centaurs Sports Park on June 11 & 12, 2016.



TFS Endorsed as Sports Education Program - Service Provider

Touch Singapore has had three programs endorsed by Sports Singapore for the 2016 / 17 Sports Education Program (SEP).

The SEP is a joint initiative between Sports Singapore and the Ministry of Education whereby Singapore schools are able to access grants to introduce sports programs to students in both Primary and Secondary schools and split the costs. 

Touch Singapore has the following programs endorsed –

  1. 'Touch for Fun’ program – sports exposure
  2. 'ModTouch' (a modified sport initiative) ‘Learn to Play’ program – sports play
  3. ‘Youth in Touch’ team development program – sports development

Singapore based ‘Sports Service Providers’ must meet strict guidelines and offer detailed program outlines in order for the Singapore Sports Council to endorse their programs.

Coaches must meet specific accreditation standards and hold a valid first aid certificate.

Hundreds of Sports Service Provider companies registered with the Sports Council offer a wide range of sports activities to the national network of schools.

TFS will be promoting the programs above and welcomes the opportunity to work with teachers and sports secretaries over the coming years.



Singapore invited to ‘Youth’ Trans-Tasman 2017

Australia and New Zealand have a long history of Trans-Tasman rivalry that includes sports like the well-known Rugby Union series between the Wallabies and All Blacks – however, a number of other sports like Netball, Lawn Bowls and the Touch series that was first staged in Melbourne in 1985 are also well established.

The series is hosted bi-annually by each nation.

The Youth Trans-Tasman is the most competitive competition for young players alongside the ‘Youth’ Touch World Cup with the challenge of taking on the junior super stars of both these two top ranked nations.

Touch New Zealand has extended an official invitation to Touch Football Singapore to join the 2017 series in Auckland staged January 18-22.

The Youth Trans-Tasman is open to teams in age categories of 18’s and 20’s and for Boys, Girls and Mixed categories.

The International Federation is currently promoting the ‘Expression of Interest’ to the international membership to participate in Malaysia at the Youth World Cup in 2018 – the Youth Trans-Tasman in 2017 offers and exciting participation and development opportunity for local players, coaches and referees.

Further announcements will be made.



Junior & Youth Academy

Touch Football Singapore is announcing the establishment of a 'Junior & Youth' Academy so as to offer opportunities for young enthusiasts outside their school participation pathway and in line with the Federation of International Touch and their network of worldwide members.

Our aim is to establish the ‘Junior & Youth Touch Academy’ and offer participation pathways and competition in age categories for boys and girls from under 10’s to youth 20’s.

Touch Football Singapore Pte Ltd as the sole Singapore member of the Federation of International Touch (FIT) is aligned to the worldwide network of FIT member nations and offers participation pathways for players and as accredited FIT certified coaches and referees.

Academy members will be able to enjoy all the benefits and opportunities associated with this international affiliated network.

Come & Play!

For further information and registraion see the Junior & Youth Academy Tab above and or e mail - bryan@touchsingapore.org 

 

 



Important Community Announcement – Unaffiliated Participation

As many in the community are aware there have been some announcements made in regards to the establishment of the Touch Association of Singapore (TAS) – a group promoting that their group has ‘replaced’ Touch Football Singapore as the national body in Singapore.

This is simply not true.

There is a great deal of misinformation circulating and in particular this administration is aware that there are many players of all ages that are seeking clarification on participation pathways and competitive opportunities heading into 2016 and beyond.

There has been significant communication with the various active Touch groups (schools, junior clubs and associated) in the community since June 2015 in regards to changes made to age eligibility; participation pathways and junior development.

There is a substantial amount of e mail correspondence between this office and heads of sport and teachers at various schools; representatives from junior clubs and a number of meetings have been held discussing plans and especially junior participation.

The e mail trail available clearly outlines the reasons for the changes being instigated, the proposed ‘creation’ of a junior development pathway, the significant effort to stage the inaugural Junior League in the second half of 2015 and plans for junior competition going forward.

These communications clearly detail the many benefits and opportunities for the wider junior community both domestically and internationally along with the plans to engage a larger active junior player base that it appears is clearly eager to become more involved in the sport of ‘Touch’ both domestically and in the exciting range of age team based competition being developed internationally.

The Federation of International Touch (FIT) Secretary General, FIT International Technical Directors, numerous contacts from FIT member nations and regional FIT Asia Commission members have been engaged in the correspondence and are very aware of the efforts made to progress Touch in Singapore. Advice is regularly requested from these experienced people and plans and associated are openly discussed.

Please take the following as fact: -

-      Touch Football Singapore Pte Ltd is the sole Singapore member of the Federation of International Touch (FIT) - the international federation for the sport of ‘Touch’ – this is reconfirmed via the recent letter attached below from the FIT Secretary General to this office regarding unaffiliated competition

-      The proposed Touch Association of Singapore (TAS) group is an unaffiliated group and has no link to the international federation – see attachment letter from the FIT Secretary-General to the Chairman of the proposed unaffiliated TAS group that clearly details the federations position

Participation in unaffiliated TAS competition or any unsanctioned event will have a negative impact on any player, referee or coach that is either looking to continue their accreditation with FIT and the sport internationally or is looking for a positive involvement in Touch in Singapore, the region and or internationally in the future.

Although it is being suggested by some that individuals will not be negatively impacted should they participate in unaffiliated or non-sanctioned competition, tournaments and or events – this is not true – please read the documents attached.

FIT has recommended that Touch Football Singapore broadcast these facts regarding unaffiliated groups / unsanctioned competition to the widest community in Singapore and to alert regional member nations of proposed unaffiliated activity so as to ensure that regional nations will not recognise TAS or individuals engaged in any break away or unaffiliated group.

Individuals engaged in unaffiliated competition will have all participation pathways withdrawn in Singapore and internationally. The sanctions imposed are recognised internationally and as an affiliated group ‘all’ FIT member nations are bound to respect FIT policies.

The basic facts are as follows:

1.    TAS cannot promote a participation pathway aligned to the international federation to any individual as a player, referee or coach. This means no player, referee or coach that supports TAS or any unaffiliated group or event organiser will have the opportunity to tour to FIT member nations at any level and or enjoy competition against FIT affiliated inbound tour groups from the date of participation

 2.    Individuals that participate in ‘any’ unsanctioned tournament or unaffiliated TAS competition will be bound by the FIT Unaffiliated Rule. See FIT unaffiliated rule at the Policies Tab

It is important to note that this FIT affiliation and unsanctioned policy is not a unique policy to the sport of Touch and virtually all national and international sport bodies have similar rules.

 3.    TAS nor any unaffiliated group cannot deliver FIT accredited (certified) technical courses for referees or coaches or offer a pathway as an official. This means any course delivered by TAS or any unaffiliated group offers no FIT accreditation, no development pathway is available and no opportunity for junior players or individuals of any age to engage and progress as recognised accredited officials

Only FIT and or the recognised FIT member in each nation can offer official certification courses for FIT technical courses.

 4.    The sport of ‘Touch’ is a unique and independent sport and is not a ‘Rugby Union’ sport. ‘Touch’ actually evolved from the professional code of Rugby ‘League’ – the direct opposition to that of the IRB and their game Rugby Union. Touch has enjoyed phenomenal growth and recognition internationally and FIT is an independent international body

The fact that FIT staged their 8th Touch World Cup in Australia and the IRB staged their 8th Rugby World Cup in the UK / England in 2015 – both these elite events staged on four year cycles - should offer a clear positioning and separation.

Positioning ‘Touch’ under the control of an alternative sport like ‘Rugby Union’ is not a desired approach by FIT to their future development of their unique sport internationally.

Some members in some nations do choose to align with the national bodies of Rugby Union (in New Zealand) and Rugby League (in Australia) in their home nations for promotional and marketing purposes however remain independent national Touch bodies.

FIT operates as an independent international sports body.

 5.    ‘Touch’ is a unique and independent sport; attracts millions of enthusiasts of all ages around the globe; a significant percentage of current and certainly future enthusiasts will never play full contact sport in their lives. Asia is a massive region where school kids across the region are adopting ‘Touch’ as a fun, dynamic ‘minimal-contact’ sport enthusiastically

 6.     It is the desire of this national body to continue to collaborate with all and any individuals and groups, schools and higher learning institutions that are respectful of FIT rules & guidelines so as to continue the support and services available to their institutions and students and offer the FIT pathways available to all members looking to participate in this fun game

Membership of Touch Football Singapore offers a world of opportunity to participants in line with the international fedeartion and their worldwide membership.

Touch Football Singapore will continue to promote participation opportunities and look to cooperate with individuals and interested groups as we move into the new 2016 season and beyond.

For further information and or clarification on any matter stated above please do not hesitate to contact Bryan O’Connor Director via e mail @ bryan@touchsingapore.org

 

 

 



FIT ‘Youth’ World Cup 2018

Mr Bill Ker FIT Secretary General was recently in Kuala Lumpur meeting with government agencies and officials in regards to the pre-planning for the World Cup to be staged in Putrajaya 2019.

The enthusiasm to support and encourage participation by the Putrajaya Council management is very positive and they have asked for a proposal outlining additional domestic and international tournaments and events that could support national development programs and build towards the 2019 world championships.

FIT have proposed that Putrajaya host the ‘Youth’ Touch World at the same time in early May 2018 at the world cup site - the Putrajaya Equestrian Park. The aim here is to stage a significant tournament over a number of days so as to trial the location prior to 2019.

The suggestion has been very well received by the PPJ management.

Further steps will now be taken to progress discussions and so as to have all matters agreed prior to applying to the Minister of Sport for official recognition to stage these international junior championships.

The proposal will include a recommendation to FIT to include categories for age groups for under 16’s; 18’s and 20’s – Boy’s, Girls and Mixed Categories.

As the Youth World Cup will be a smaller event the plan is to promote and deliver additional regional and domestic events in cooperation with the international youth championships.

These additional tournaments are likely to include an inaugural Asian Universities Championships and an Asian junior club based championships.



Touch to be considered for SEA Games 2017 Malaysia

Touch is a sport on the move and rapidly gaining greater awareness as a unique and independent mass participation sport in Asia.

With the 2019 World Cup being staged in Putrajaya – it was proposed that ‘Touch’ will be considered as an exhibition sport at the 2017 SEA Games.

This would be a tremendous step forward for Touch and allow young enthusiasts from Singapore and the region the opportunity to be part of the games.

A proposal has been requested that would outline potential nations that may attend; categories of competition and an overview on the possible staging and requirements for the Touch competition in 2017.

The proposal will be prepared and delivered by end of January 2016.




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