Come and Try Touch – Monday April 17th

Stirling Storm are hosting a start of season Come and Try Touch session. This is a free event open to anyone interested in finding out more about Touch.

Guy, girls, any age or fitness level, complete beginners, returning to the game, rugby players, netball players, hockey players – everyone welcome!

Our qualified coaches and referees will run through some of the basics and core skills, then we’ll jump into lots of games!

Touch is a fantastic sport. It’s easy to get started with, and one of the few where male and female players play equally in mixed teams. Perfect sport in which to get fit, have fun and meet new people.

Stirling Storm have been playing Touch locally since 2001. We are a welcoming and friendly club, giving all players the opportunity to play at their desired level – social run out through to International representation! We are affiliated to the sport’s governing body and locally to Active Stirling.

We train every Monday and Wednesday 6-8pm and are always on look out for new players.

Get in Touch for more info – through FB or club@stirlingstorm.com

Join the Storm family in 2017

Winter training has started and now is the perfect time for new players to join the Stirling Storm family for the upcoming 2017 season.  We have lots planned this year, with new winter venue and a return to Stirling County from April.  Great training sessions, lots of club nights with games, our tournament back in usual June slot, entering tournaments across the country and playing Glasgow league – and importantly more social events!

We are actively recruiting new male and female players, all ages and abilities, so please spread the word.  If you’re checking this out for first time then please get in contact for more info, or just pop down and see us at next training session.

Winter Training 2017

The new season has arrived and we look forward to welcoming current, returning and new players to join us for our 10 week block of training over winter months.


We’re delighted to secure some great facilities through our membership with ClubSport Stirling.  We will be training on the synthetic Hockey pitch at Forthbank.  This is a great surface to train on and we hope it won’t be affected by the adverse weather as much as the sand based pitches we’ve used in the past.

Every Monday evening from 16th January, 7.00 to 8.30pm.

Forthbank Sports Centre, Sprinkerse, Stirling, FK7 7UJ

See you there!!

Perfect Touch!

Crisp sunny Sunday afternoon in November, beautiful backdrops with Ochil Hills on one side and Wallace Monument the other, great quality pitches and enjoying both competitive and social games with lots of friends.  This is perfect Touch.

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The first of our winter friendlies took place on Sunday 6th Nov between Storm and Stirling Uni.  Many of us who’ve played a long season in 2016 could quite rightly feel a little jaded and in need of a break, this was the perfect antidote to that.

Two very competitive but contrasting sides played a really close game, the experience against youth.  Let’s not even think about the contrast in average ages across the two teams!  The first game was a really tight 5 v 4 win for Stirling Storm – definitely blew off a few cobwebs.  The second social game allowed the Uni to show some real flair and was a great fun game.

To top off the enjoyment of the players we also had some great success with referee development.  Callum Murray, Callum Hamilton and Matthew Young took on referee duties for the competitive game, coached and assessed by our regional ref director, Phil Leeks.  We’re delighted to say all three passed with flying colours and are now Level 1 referees.  Well done guys.

Thanks to everyone from Stirling Storm and Stirling Uni who came down too play and referee.  We hope everyone enjoyed it and please keep eyes peeled for more friendlies and then Central Touch Series dates over the course of winter.

Stirling Storm – Club AGM – 20th April

 

agmAll club members, and prospective members, are invited to join us on Wednesday 20th April at Bridgehaugh, after training, for the 2016 Storm AGM.

It’s really important we get a good turnout, as there are many plans to discuss for the upcoming season and we value everyones input.

The current committee is as follows:

  • President – Gilly Marshall
  • Secretary – Chris Bromley
  • Treasurer – Doug Paton
  • Chairperson – Ros Boydell
  • Social Sec – Dwayne Mallice/Si Trevis Smith
  • Publicity – Jen Eunson
  • Coaching – Jenn Wright
  • Refereeing – Phil Leeks
  • Membership Sec – Sheila McLaughlin
  • Social Media Sec – Euan Kerr (Regional President)
  • Club Captain – Dave Millar
  • Uni/Club Coordinator – Callum Murray
  • Ordinary Members – Tracy Austin, Sarah Walkinshaw

To help persuade you to attend, there will be PIZZA!

Fond farewell to Jenn W

All club members are welcome to join us for a day/night out on Saturday 12th March to bid Jenn a fond farewell.

Sadly for us Jenn is heading to the frozen north to start an exciting new job, and life in Aberdeen.  We can’t let this pass without opportunity to reminisce and wish her all the best over a few beers.

Joining us in season 2010, her talent for the game was quickly spotted, both by club and then country.  Jenn has played a huge part in our success on the pitch with her leadership and coaching, and she manages to balance competition with the social side of Touch both on and off the pitch – our Stirling Storm club ethos!

Stirling has recently been recognised for our great development of youth players, and again this has been led by Jenn through her work at school and encouragement shown to young players who come down to training.  Many years and successes have come her way playing with Scotland Mixed Open, which have culminated in appointment as Assistant Coach for 2016.

It goes without saying that Jenn will be hugely missed by everyone at the club, and we wish her all the best for whatever adventure comes next.

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Glasgow Lions Beginners Tournament – 2010

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Running out with Scotland Mixed Open at Home Nations

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Jenn ‘Pumper’ Wright!

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In action for Wallace Monumentals at Stirling Open 2015

Stirling STS open for entries!

STSstirlingPHbannerWe’re delighted to confirm that Stirling is once again the first STS event of the 2016 calendar, hosting our event on 21st May.  Entries are now invited, forms and more detail can be found on our Stirling Tournament page.

As per STS rules, last years Top 8 are guaranteed places, and these will be held until Monday 2nd May.

  • Meerkits
  • Six Pack Roosters
  • Hoodlums
  • Superhands
  • Geckos
  • Meerkats
  • Blue Jays
  • Stirling Storm

Closing date for all entries is Monday 9th May.

We look forward to seeing everyone on 21st May.  Fingers crossed for better weather this year!!

Central Touch Series 2016

In 2015 Stirling Storm and Stirling University Touch Club launched a new event in the region, the Central Touch Series.  This is a series of three Sundays over winter and spring months where the clubs from our region get together for some full competitive matches, with winner of the series claiming the Central Touch Series Champions Trophy.

17821_10153626848443362_163332493053395211_nIt’s a fantastic chance for everyone to get a bit of match practice in a period of the year where not much is happening.  It allows the clubs to put into practice what they’ve been learning in training, and sharpen up for the season ahead.

 
Once again we’ll be inviting guest referees to help ensure the games are of highest quality, and in 2016 we may introduce guest teams to mix things up a little and allow everyone more game time.  Alongside the competitive we also run social games, so it really is a chance for everyone to get involved.

11037474_10153626839253362_2701895319162261702_nThe dates for 2016 are 7th February, 13th March and 3rd April.  All matches will take place at the University of Stirling, on pitches at the back of campus.  Time is 12-2pm.

Stirling Storm players please speak to Callum Murray or Si Trevis-Smith to get your names down.

Winter Training

The 2016 season has now kicked off, with Stirling Storm back in Winter Training every Monday night.

We’ll be training on astro pitches at St Modans High School from 7.00-8.30pm every Monday from 4th January until 21st March.

Sessions are open to all players – Storm, Uni or anyone else from the region.  This is a fantastic time to introduce new players to Touch, as we’ll be working lots of the basics as refresher for the season ahead, as well as a bit of fitness and games.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates if the weather is looking dodgy, we may move indoors at short notice for a bit of Turbo Touch!

New date for Stirling Open

The Stirling Open, part of the Scottish Touch Series since its inception, has historically been held on the first Saturday in June.  Unfortunately circumstances with venue have meant we have had to move it to slightly earlier in the season.  The event will now be held on Saturday 21st May 2016.  Everything else will be exactly the same – 20 team tournament, camping and after party ceilidh.

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We apologise to all our regular entrants if this date doesn’t suit quite as well, but we hope you can still join us, and we promise we will be back to usual slot in 2017 as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary.

Regards,

Stirling Storm committee