Toby has been playing Touch for 7 years, playing his first ETA Tournament in 2014. He came to Touch after retiring from Rugby Union in 2012 following several injuries. He has been coaching the Bristol Jets for the last 2 seasons, and I is a Level 1 FIT Accredited coach. He is also the Club Captain(/Overlord). Last year he trained with the England Men's 30's as a development player and is part of the 2021/2022 Training Squad ahead of selection for the 2022 European Championships. Toby loves the culture of Touch, and believes that if you are looking for a sport which is social, accepting, open, accessible, and fun, then you should consider getting in touch and giving it a try!
Jen first experienced touch at a corporate tournament in 2008, and shortly afterwards following some trials was selected to play for England (Mixed Open) for her first international cap in 2009. Since then, she has earnt 42 England caps in total, 13 for Mixed Open, 11 for Women’s Open and 18 for Women’s 27s (13 as Captain). Her proudest moments being Captaining Women’s 27s to achieve Gold in the 2014 European Championships and Bronze in the 2015 World Cup in Australia [was selected as a role model at Sport Watch Bristol at the time: https://sportwatchbristol.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/jen-palmer-touch-rugby/].
Jen was heavily involved in turning an informal group of players into the hot pink touch club formally known as Bristol Fijians, now better named Bristol Jets, and kickstarted growth of the Women’s game by creating the biggest Women’s touch tournament in Europe (Spring Chick). She was South West lead and head coach of the Women’s Open South West squad for several years and is a FIT accredited Intermediate-level coach.
Jen has enjoyed watching the speed of growth of the game over the years, it is a sport for all, and Bristol Jets is a club for all!
Paul joined Bristol Jets in 2019 looking for an opportunity to play touch and be involved in a top level club. Paul represented the Wales Men’s Open squad for 4 seasons (a long time ago now!) And was lucky enough to compete at Men’s Open European competitions. Paul now represents England Men 45s.
A Strength & Conditioning coach by trade with over 15 years experience working in professional sport, his expertise lies in Coaching, specifically Strength and Conditioning and Injury Rehab for team sports and individual athletes. (Do check out his business PJB Performance Training www.pjbperformancetraining.co.uk). Now he is back involved in Touch, one of his roles is to help the Jets with their skills development and to provide support to the many of the great coaches and team members.
Paul believes you should get involved with Bristol Jets if you’re looking to play an amazing game of skill and athleticism, want to be involved in an open and fun environment, and experience the Bristol Jets training and social scene.