End Season Party & Awards – 2nd October

Stirling Storm: The Musical!

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Broadway, West End or the Movies – take inspiration from any and come dressed to impress for our annual end of season party.  Fancy dress, games, food & drink and player awards, always a fantastic night out and we encourage everyone to come and celebrate our first full season as Storm.

Please contact Si Trevis-Smith at training or email the club to reserve your place and cast your player awards votes.

The following categories are being recognised and we need your votes!

  • Player of the Season
  • Young Player of the Season (u21)
  • Best Male
  • Best Female
  • Most Improved
  • Best Newcomer
  • Unsung Hero
  • Spirit of Stirling

Scottish National Championships – 26th September

Central Region are actively seeking players to train and represent in the annual Scottish National Championships.  Anyone from Stirling or surrounding areas, Perth or Dundee is eligible to play.

This event sees the four main Touch playing regions (Central, Edinburgh, Glasgow & North East) compete head to head in Men and Women’s divisions.  This year the event takes place in Perth on 26th September.

For the first time the event has been expanded to include four divisions – Men’s Open, Men’s Over 30’s, Women’s Open, Women’s Over 27’s.  Central Region intend to enter all four.

This event also serves as the main trial for places in the Scotland training squads for Touch European Championships in Jersey next summer.  The national sides are very interested in getting more players involved as they seek to enter a team in each division.  This is an excellent opportunity to take your Touch play to the next level.

Training will take place Wednesday evenings at SCRFC from 6pm.  Further weekend sessions will be held in September to give everyone the opportunity to get involved.

Please contact Central Region President, Euan Kerr, if you are interested in getting involved or email club@stirlingstorm.com

Come & Try Touch & Mini Tournament

 Wednesday 5th August 6pm -7.30pm

Come along and learn a new sport in just one night! Great chance to play with and receive coaching from our experienced players and refs in a fun mini tournament. No previous experience required. Please spread the word and bring along friends, family and colleagues. We train at Stirling County Rugby Football Club, Bridgehaugh, FK9 5AP Stirling.stirling tourney june 2015 5stirling tourney june 2015 4stirling tourney june 2015 2

Club and National Championships

A chance to play in mens and women’s teams

The Club Championships take place in Glasgow on 22nd August.  This is an event for Men and Women’s teams, so something a bit different to our usual mixed teams playing in STS Tournaments.
The National Championships on 26th September is another opportunity to play in an all girls or all guys team. It’s also the first step on the representational ladder as we select our players from across the Central Region. We hope that many of our club players put themselves forward for this event which rounds off the Touch season. Historically, many of our club players have gone on to achieve national representation having played for their region.

End of Season Awards Party

Friday 2nd October 2015 at 7.30pm, Stirling County Rugby Football Club

This is our most popular club social event of the season. We give out a range of awards to our club players ranging from Best Newcomer, Player of the Season to Spirit of Stirling, with a few fun ones thrown in.

Past and present club members are always welcome and traditionally we arrive in fancy dress. This year the theme is “Musicals” so plenty of time to come up with a great idea.disney_banner

SUMMER CENTRAL TOUCH SERIES 2015

Introducing the Summer CTS

A series of monthly, tournament style, touch sessions run by Stirling Storm and Central Scotland from April to September 2015. Open to teams, referees and players from all regions. Enquiries welcome from new teams and players too. Get in Touch with Jon and Rob now!

First Summer CTS matches Wednesday 29th April

Starting at 6pm, Bridghaugh, we’ll have competitive games between various teams from Stirling Storm and Stirling University.

The evening coincides with our Scotland teams playing in Australia, so please bring along your international colours, flags and World Cup fever to celebrate the start of the TWC.

STIRLING STORM SOCIAL & AGM

Our first ever AGM as Stirling Storm is this Wednesday 29th April after training.

We’ve decided to kick it off with a social by ordering pizza as we will all have just played an evening of Summer CTS matches.

AGM is OPEN TO ALL particularly new players, we want to see as many members there as possible (even if you’ve only just come down to the club).  We have Ros, our Chairperson-elect, all ready to make sure it doesn’t take too long!

Location: Parker Suite, Stirling County Rugby Club
7.45pm finish games and collect pizza
8pm social and pizza
8.30pm AGM kick off

Stirling Storm Membership

This year we have a two step process for membership; Stirling Storm Club and Scottish Touch Association (STA are our national governing body).

Stirling Storm Club membership

We keep fees as low as possible in order to ensure the club is low cost and accessible to all players.  We’ve restructured club fees this season reducing it by £10 to help accommodate the new STA membership fee.  The club membership only covers our pitch hire and so it really helps us manage the club cash flow if those players that can do pay upfront.

Option 1 – Lump Sum Payment

Designed for our longer term members and regular players, you can either pay a lump sum or set up a monthly standing order.  Valid from April to September inclusive (our Touch season) it’s a £60 one off payment or £10 per month for 6 months.  Email club@stirlingstorm.com for bank details.

Option 2 – Pay as you go

Designed for newcomers who can’t commit to whole season, players coming back from injury, or those who join towards end of season.  This option is £3 cash per session, payable on the night at training.

Scottish Touch Association membership

New for 2015, you will get insurance cover, including Personal Accident cover, when you become a member of STA.  This covers you as a player for all affiliated Touch participation, at club, region and national level – including training and competitions. As an affiliated club we require all our members to become members of STA which is essential for your safe participation in training and tournaments.  It’s £20 for April – December 2015.

How to become member:

  • Go to www.scottishtouch.org.uk/membership/
  • Set up individual profile
  • Accept T&Cs for your STA membership
  • Pay £20 online
  • Go to Club memberships and click on “Stirling Storm” and then “new member”
  • Accept T&Cs for your club membership with Stirling Storm

Full detail of the insurance policy benefits are available on the membership link above.

Note that all membership and payment details, with STA or Stirling Storm, are totally secure under Data Protection Rules we adhere too.

If anyone has any questions or concerns about any of this then please speak with Gilly or Euan at training, or email us at club@stirlingstorm.com.

Storm down under at World Cup

wcheaderEveryone at Stirling Storm is really excited about the upcoming Touch World Cup.  It takes place in Coffs Harbour, Australia from 29th April to 5th May and Scotland are sending four squads and a number of referees.  Scotland are participating in the Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Open and Women’s 27’s divisions.

We’re quite a small club but have always been proud of the relatively high number of members who have gone on to represent our country.  Representing Scotland in the birth place of Touch is a huge honour but the work these individuals have put in makes this so well deserved.

For the 2015 World Cup we have the following club members soon departing for Australia:

  • Men’s Open – Callum Murray, Finlay Sim
  • Women’s Open – Rebecca Clingan, Kate Walker
  • Mixed Open – Jenn Wright
  • Women’s 27’s – Tracy Austin
  • Referee – Phil Leeks

Touch in Scotland is entirely self funded and the expense of travelling and playing in Australia is huge.  We believe every little bit helps and are delighted to be in position to offer each Scotland squad a small contribution towards their expenses.  A donation has also been made personally to Phil in recognition of the huge contribution he’s made to our club as a referee.  Supporting our players and referees is important as we know that the experience they gain from this opportunity can really benefit the club in the future.

Good luck to our club members and all their Scotland team mates taking part, we’ll be checking results and cheering you on from Stirling.  We’re sure you’ll grab this opportunity, have an amazing time and do yourselves proud.

To find out more information, see the squads and to keep check of the results, visit http://www.touchworldcup.com/