The NLD Under 16 Trial will be held on Monday 14th September at Newark RFC from 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Prior to nominating players and the trial itself the coaching team will be holding a coaches meeting on the 2nd of September at Newark RFC from 7.00 to 8.30 pm. The meeting will outline the player nomination process, the expectations that we have of a player at CB level and the format of the trial itself. Please note that it is an expectation that all coaches completing nominations attend the coaches meeting. As coach it is your responsibility to be fully informed about the process. This will mean that you can support your player(s) accordingly and place them in the best position possible to ensure a positive trial experience.
Attached is the RFU National & Divisional Selection/Assessment Handbook which outlines the key positional skills/expectations that we have of players that are being put forward to represent the NLD U16 group. In addition to this you will also find the Nomination Trial and Selection Process document which gives further details as to the overall trial process. Please use these as a guide when considering which players you wish to nominate and bring them with you on the night of the 2nd, with a draft run of the players you intend to nominate. This will give you the opportunity to discuss any areas of concern with the coaches and get clarification on any areas you may be unsure of.
We would love to see any of your players who you believe to be stars in their position, please note the standard is highly competitive. We are particularly interested in players who have the physical and mental attributes to shine in the front row. Mobility, physicality and determination will be of particular interest to our Forwards coach.
If you are able to attend the coaches meeting on the 2nd of September please confirm your attendance with Lindsey Riley on [email protected] by 27th August, before the meeting advising her of your name, coaching position and club.
All complete nomination forms must be submitted to Lindsey Riley (NLD Under 16s Manager) at [email protected] by Monday 7th September to enable us to organise the trial on the 14th. Your full nomination must be on the attached excel spreadsheet. Please include your own contact details (mobile and email) in case of query.
If your players are successful at the first trial on the 14th they will be invited to attend a 2nd trial on Monday 21st September which will include all DPP players. The final squad will be announced via the NLD website on the 23rd September. Please ensure your players check this regularly as we will not be sending confirmation emails.
Finally, please check that your players are available for the trial dates above BEFORE you put them forward as we are unable to offer alternative dates.
Please address any queries to Lindsey Riley at [email protected] or text 07910 406976.
The NLD Under 16 coaching team.