As a club, we have been asked whether we would like to be part of a New National Youth league. I see it as a really good opportunity for our players to play out of our area and play against other youth teams in the region. To be eligible as a youth (sorry Brocky!!) You need to 18 or under on the 30th April in the year the season ends.
It is envisaged that there will be players of all standards taking part and whilst being in a competitive environment, there will be also capacity for a no-pushing rule where needed.There are 4 proposed dates at present:
- Jan 13th
- Jan 20th
- Feb 17th
- Feb 24th
The pool at Leeds has been booked for all these dates with the youth league taking place from around 9 - 1 pm, with other league fixtures taking place in the afternoon.
I need to know as a matter of urgency whether this would be something you would be interested in, and which dates you could take part. There would be a need for some parental involvement in terms of travel arrangements, but obviously, we would fill cars to minimise the petrol cost. I need firm expressions of interest ASAP.
As a club, I think we would be well capable of fielding 1 if not 2 teams. It would be great to be "in at the beginning" and ideal experience leading up to the summer tournaments.
Please consider taking part, we will look at the response we get and then decide which dates to go for. There are some great young paddlers in the club at the moment who are showing huge potential.
It is possible to do all 4 dates if we wanted or just say 2.
Other clubs taking part so far are Kingston, FOA and Liverpool.
Either reply here or catch me at the club this evening. If anyone knows of someone interested who is not on FB, could you please share this with them.