Touch in Guernsey began in 2004 when a group of Antipodeans started playing regularly on a very social basis. Their love of the sport led to them forming a summer league in 2005, which attracted 12 mixed teams.
Since then the sport has grown year on year and through the hard work and dedication of today's committee and the enthusiasm shown by all the players, touch in Guernsey is now unrecognisable from that first league just six years ago.
The 2011 FNB Touch Summer League had 38 mixed, men’s and ladies teams taking part over the 12 week season and involves around 400 players – quite an achievement for a small island in the middle of the Channel! Many of those players will also be involved in our eight week Autumn League, which began in 2006 to meet the demand from players for the sport.
We also hold the CISX Channel Islands’ Championship each year which is open to teams from across Europe and each August we have the extremely competitive Inter-Insular against our neighbours Jersey. We also send representative teams away to international tournaments and in 2010, Guernsey was ranked sixth in Europe after taking four teams to the European Championship in Bristol. At the 2011 Touch World Cup, the Guernsey Mixed team won the Open Bowl.
Guernsey Touch has invested heavily in referees as we recognised that in order to continue improving the standard of the game, we needed qualified and experienced officials. We now have more than 35 Level 1 and 2 qualified referees, all of whom play as well.
The support we have had from the Federation of International Touch and the touch community across the world has been phenomenal and has played an integral role in the success of touch in Guernsey.
Guernsey Touch is delighted to be part of the newly formed European Federation of Touch and look forward to building our relationship with nations across Europe and further afield.