U19 England Korfball Team Trials
We are pleased to confirm the details of the trials for the U19 England Korfball team. The trials will take place on Saturday 13 November 2021. Please note this is a week later than was previously announced. This slight delay has been necessary to give additional time to enable the new coaching staff to be put in place, and for those coaches who are involved in the Senior European Championships currently taking place, to return to the UK and prepare for the trials.
The trials will take place at:
Trinity Sports Club, Shirley Park, Croydon, CR9 7AT
Players who wish to attend the trials should sign up here. The trials will take place from 12.30pm to 3.30pm, but players are asked to arrive by midday, so the trials can start promptly at 12.30pm.
The U19 team will be competing in the European Championships, taking place in April 2022 in the Czech Republic.
Details of the selection policy for international teams, explaining the process for selecting players, can be found here.
UPDATE: Friday, 29 October 2021
Following the opening of the booking system for the trials on 13 November 2021 a number of players and parents have provided feedback, and asked questions, about the age ranges for the squad, and in particular the lower age range which was set (of needing to be 17 on 1 January 2021). We have listened carefully to this feedback and have decided to remove this lower age limit, and revert to the age limits set out in the selection policy (which is 14 years old).
All players aged over 14 are therefore eligible to attend the trials and be eligible for selection. Players will then be selected purely on ability, and their ability to play in the European Championships in April 2022.
In detail, the age eligibility criteria are:-
- Minimum age – players must be 14 by the time of the tournament in 2022, so must turn 14 years old by 15 April 2022;
- Maximum age – players must be under 19 years old on 31 December 2021
We hope that this change of approach is welcomed by players and parents, and widens the pool of talent to maximise the chances of the squad being successful at the European Championships. but if anyone has any further queries or comments then they should contact the national programme lead, Jonathan Roberts.