Luxembourg looking forward to mixing it with the best at Euros

July 18, 2022 @ 23:00 UTC

The European Touch Championships is just weeks away, and Nick Frank, President of Touch Luxembourg, says his playing group can’t wait for the first major international touch tournament in over three years to begin.

Touch Luxembourg is sending an M30 team to the 2022 tournament to be held in Nottingham, UK, during the first week of August 2022.

Preparing for competition

Now just weeks from the first tap-off, Nick admits that Touch Luxembourg’s preparations are “mixed”.

“A mix of injuries has hit us and late withdrawal, which means we are sending a much smaller squad than we would have liked. 

“On the other hand, we are far better organised and drilled than any team we have sent to previous tournaments.”

Moreover, Nick said Touch Luxembourg had not adapted its preparations despite the extended hiatus from international competition. “We have not done anything very different, except try to organise training games with nearby teams such as Belgium M30s. This game time has been invaluable.”

Managing expectations

Given the injury challenges, Nick remains philosophical about his team’s chances. “We expect to compete to the best of our ability in our division, have fun and win a game or two.”

What the Touch Luxembourg President is more bullish about is how competing in Nottingham will thrust forward the development of Touch in the Grand Duchy.

“It cannot be underestimated how vital the Euros is to the development of Touch in a country as small as Luxembourg. 

“We are lucky to have a coach Simon Neale who has excellent knowledge of the game.” 

Nick adds, “What the tournament does is to bring into very sharp focus for players, referees and management what it takes to play international Touch in a way you just cannot achieve at club level.”

The massive progress by Touch Luxembourg since it competed in the 2011 Touch World Cup highlights this energy. 

“It is like chalk and cheese and has come about because players have been willing to push themselves to and beyond their sporting potential over the past ten years.”

High level competition means high excitement

According to Nick Touch Luxembourg is very excited by the challenge of playing at a high level, “as well as the sense of community that comes from participating in such an incredible event”. 

“From a very personal perspective, it also may be my last opportunity to compete at the elite level as I am running out of players in my age group. But never say never.”

In conclusion, Nick is enthusiastic in his praise for the work the Federation of International Touch has put into organising the European Touch Championships 22 along with hosts, England Touch.

“We would thank the organisers. It is a huge task, and we look forward to a successful 2022 event.”

Tap off for the five-day ETC22 begins on 2 August at The University of Nottingham.

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