NLD U16 Nominations Invited

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Nomination, Trial and Selection Process

NLD RFU has in place a programme of ‘player identification’ using appointed NLD coaches as well as the ‘Elite Player Development Group’ (EPDG). This supported through close liaison with schools and clubs within NLD to ensure that any players deemed to be performing in line with positional expectations at CB level are monitored accordingly.

To be eligible for NLD selection a boy must meet at least one of the following four criteria:

  1. Born within the RFU Constituent Body (‘CB’) of NLD
  2. Be a registered player of an NLD ‘CB’ club
  3. Reside within the NLD ‘CB’ area
  4. Attend a school within the NLD ‘CB’ area

The NLD under 16s squad for the 2016/2017 season (i.e. last seasons under 15s and the new seasons under 16s) will be made up of boys who are eligible from the Leicester Tigers EPDG and those who trial successfully. It is therefore important to manage the expectations of players that you nominate, ensuring that they are aware that the process is highly competitive and will require each player to produce their very best at trial and beyond, should they be successful. Please note that boys within the EPDG are not selected automatically and players will be selected on current ability and potential.

The first trial will be held on Monday 14th November 2016 at Southwell RFC for all players that are not currently involved in the EPDG group. All players who attend this trial must be nominated in advance by their club or school coach and there is a limit of 2 player nominations from any one club or school. We cannot consider any player for trial that has not been nominated by their club/school coach. All successful players will then be invited to attend the second trial alongside the players from EPDG on Monday 21stNovember 2016, following which a 32 player squad will be selected.

All complete nomination forms must be submitted to Lindsey Riley (NLD U16s Manager) at [email protected] by Monday 7th November 2016. Your full nomination must be on the attached excel spreadsheet. Please include your own contact details (mobile and email) in case of query.

The season will include the following training sessions and fixtures.

Mon 05/12/2016        Training session                            Southwell RFC                     6.00pm
Mon 12/12/2016         Training session                            Southwell RFC                     6.00pm
Mon 19/12/2016         Training session                            Southwell RFC                     6.00pm
Mon 02/01/2017         Training session                            Southwell RFC                     6.00pm
Sun 08/01/2017           Super Sunday                             Loughborough Uni            12.00pm
Mon 16/01/2017          Training session                            Southwell RFC                     6.00pm
Sun 22/01/2017           Match v Staffordshire (H)           Derby RFC                           2.00pm
Mon 30/01/2017         Training session                           Southwell RFC                     6.00pm
Sun 05/02/2017           Match v Eastern Counties (H)   Southwell RFC                     2.00pm
Mon 20/02/2017         Training session                          Southwell RFC                     6.00pm
Sun 26/02/2017          Match v Leicestershire (A)          Syston RFC                          2.00pm 

The selection process and structures season has been extremely successful in recent seasons with an excellent series of match results and, more importantly, a number of NLD boys going on to represent Midlands and England.

All clubs and schools within the NLD region are thanked for their continued support.

Matt Albinson
NLD RFU U16 Group – Head Coach