The 2013 Nationals is to be held on 13 and 14 April 2013 at Bolton School, Chorley New Road, Bolton. This is not open to club sides, only sanctioned regional franchises are allowed to participate.
These are the areas in which the country has been split up in to, see here for your contact.
Coaches of the Men’s and Women’s teams in each region are responsible for advertising and administering at least one ‘open’ trial which may be attended by any player eligible for that region before selecting their final squad. The format and timings may vary from region to region. Dates for each region will be advertised in each region’s page.
Regions are free to have whatever size training squad the regional coaches see as appropriate. The squads will need to be cut down to 16 players per team for the tournament in April 2013.
No, as this is being used to develop English players and as vehicle for selection for the 2013 Home Nations for the Open’s, senior′s and master’s squads. Regional coaches are required to select a minimum of 12 players in each final team who are eligible to play for England, 2 of whom must be 21 or under at the date of the tournament.
If you are injured you need to contact your regional coach and High Performance (HP) Team, before the regional teams are selected.
Regional and assistant coaches were appointed by the Director of Elite Coaching and the HP Team.
This will be dependent on individual regions requirements. There are no restrictions imposed as regional coaches will know what works best for their region. If you wish to discuss this matter further please contact your regional coach.
There will be some core basics which all regional will be required to coach. The coaches will also bring their own ideas, experience and knowledge to the training sessions.
Individual situations will be taken on a case by case basis by the HP Team. If a national coach wishes to select a player who does not play at the 2013 nationals they will be required to apply for an exemption to do so.
In order for a player to be eligible for a region, they will need to have participated in an affiliated league (see list here) in their region in the last 12 months; or be registered (and regularly play) with an affiliated club; or live within the regional boundaries outlined.
Player eligibility for international sporting competition can be a complex and often emotive issue. The defining elements are at the very heart of global competition and key issues involved in ascertaining eligibility include aspects of nationality, passport, residency, ancestry, place of birth, playing history, the respective country’s selection process and even a player’s gender and age.
Please note that in order to be selected to the regional/national training squad (and subsequent national teams); a player must satisfy the following the criteria in the this Player Eligibility Document.
To apply for exemption if a player does not comply with the eligibility criteria, coaches are to fill in the Eligibility Exemption Application Form.
Please see this map as a guide: Regional Map
Exemptions will be taken on a case by case basis by the HP Team. A Regional coach who wishes to select a player who does not meet the eligibility criteria outlined above will be required to apply for an exemption to do so.
If you would like to play mixed for England, you still need to compete in the Nationals.
Yes, anyone seeking to represent England, needs to play for their Region in the Nationals otherwise they won’t be considered.
You have two options:
Yes, both squads will be selected from players competing at the Nationals. Players can qualify by being a member of their regional side or a member of their Masters side.
The current regions have been merged into the two. The Southern region will be made up by joining South East, South West and West regions. The Northern region will be made up by joining North East, North West and Midlands regions.
Please see this map as a guide: Regional Map
A numbered team playing shirt will be the only compulsory kit required for the tournament.
Overall costs are currently being finalised, with the focus on keeping costs to a minimum. Unfortunately we need to cover costs such as tournament fees, referees, first aid, field hire, etc. This will be communicated out asap.
Regions are welcome and encouraged to find their own sponsorship and the extent of sponsorship is at the sole discretion of the region. If you know of an organisation who wishes to be involved in supporting England Touch beyond the regional competition, please contact Gregg Cropper
21st – 23rd June 2013 in Dublin at DCU (Dublin City University).
3 days – Games Friday pm, all day Sat, inc finals, party Saturday night
The grades expected at the event are as follows. If not enough teams enter a category to make it viable, then they will merge.