The 2013 ‘Mini Nationals’ is to be held on 21st of September at Droitwich Rugby Club,Birmingham. This is not open to club sides, only sanctioned regional franchises are allowed to participate and those individuals who are attending the ‘Open Trials’ which are for players who would like to trial for any England Squad and are not part of a Regional Team.
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 Sept 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.
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.
If you are unsuccessful at making a Regional Team, and would like to still trial for an England squad, you should attend the ‘Open Trial’, on 21st of September at Droitwich Rugby Club, Birmingham. If you would like to attend the trial, please register through the following link: Register here
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 / attend the open trials.
Yes, anyone seeking to represent England, needs to play for their region in one of the 2013 Nationals, attend the open trial or have an exemption granted, otherwise they won’t be considered.
You have two options:
Yes. Players can qualify by being a member of their regional side OR attend the open trials, where players will be split into age groups.
A numbered team playing shirt will be the only compulsory kit required for the tournament. Those attending the trials are requested to bring both a white and a black playing top.
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. There will be a £5 per player fee to attend/play.
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
The grades expected at the event are as follows. If not enough teams enter a category to make it viable, then they will merge.