UKU U17 & U14 Open Indoor Nationals 2015-16

Submitted by benheywood on Fri, 11/09/2015 - 2:34pm
Event date: 
23 Jan 2016 (All day) - 24 Jan 2016 (All day)
Event details: 

The UKU Under-17 and Under-14 Open Indoor Championships 2014-15 will be held at Aldersley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton (WV6 9NW) on the weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th January 2016.

 

The playing schedule and Info Pack can now be seen on these links:

Schedule: https://goo.gl/H3iHe6

Info Pack: https://goo.gl/k8NGRT

or as PDFs below for printing.

 

Note that the online schedule should update during the day for those following along at home.

 


 

UPDATE:

Due to the venue double-booking us (nothing we can do; they made an error) we are not able to access the sports hall for most of the weekend. We will still be hosting the event at Aldersley - not least because we are aware that many of you will have booked transport or accommodation already - but we will be in the Astrodome onsite rather than in the hall for the majority of the time.

 

The bad news:

The dome can realistically accommodate only 3 pitches. We also have access to the usual 4 pitches in the hall for an hour or so on the Saturday morning before the other booking comes in, but even so we will be significantly down on pitch-hours compared to last year. This is likely to mean starting earlier and/or finishing later (we won't finish late on Sunday of course), or a reduction in game lengths, or fewer games each, or possibly having room for fewer teams. The exact details of the compromises we need to make will depend on the entries we receive, but it is probably wise if you plan for an 0930 start this year.

(Obviously we will do our best to help those teams who need a late start, but for that first hour on Saturday we will have 7 pitches in use, meaning we need 28 teams to play in either the first or second game - late starts will be only for those who REALLY need it!)

 

The dome is a short walk away from the main building and does not have its own changing rooms or cafe etc - all the amenities are in the main building. There is a path connecting the two, and no roads to cross or anything like that, but of course it's still a hassle for the competitors to go back and forth. Depending on your circumstances, you may feel the need for additional responsible persons to supervise when some of your school are in the cafe and some are playing in the dome a short walk away. We can only apologise if the venue adjustment causes you difficulties - there really was no other option for us after the venue made the error.

 

The good news:

The really good news is that while negotiating this back-up option for this year, we have now got access to the dome, and have managed to reach agreement with the owners that we should be able to use it in future years too, alongside the main hall  - so this does secure our future at Aldersley as we expect to have access to SEVEN pitches and run very large events.

 

IMPORTANT

The floor of the dome is rubbercrumb turf. You will of course be fine with trainers, and there's no need for players to go out and purchase astroturf boots, but those who do have the (pimpled) astro boots or some firm-ground moulded football boots should bring them. Players should NOT wear either the longer, soft-ground studs, or any form of blades.

Be aware that these dome venues are often VERY COLD, and that your players will need warm clothes (for the short walk between the two sites, if nothing else!)

 

 


 

 

Eligibility

To be eligible for this UKU under-17 division you must be in Year 11 or below, born on or after 1st September 1999 (the rules for UK Domestic competition differ slightly to International competition).

To be eligible for the under-14 division you must be in Year 8 or below, born on or after 1st Sept 2002.

Please contact Joe Wyatt (joewyatt7[at]gmail.com) if there are any queries.

If you are a player or a small group of players without enough for a full team, then it may be possible to arrange for you to join up with another team; everyone involved in Junior Ultimate wants you there. HOWEVER you must explain your situation to the Junior Forum (email to: joewyatt7[at]gmail.com is sufficient) and have them ratify which is the most appropriate team for you to join with. There have been a few issues in recent years with combinations of players/teams that have not been checked or verified appropriately; please be organised, up front, and go through the correct systems.

Accommodation

Hopefully the central location will mean that the majority of teams might be able to travel home rather than needing accommodation on the Saturday night, but for some of you that clearly won't be possible. Obviously you are free to organise your own plans, and places like www.travelodge.co.uk (and there are a number around the motorways or Wolverhampton!) often have good deals (e.g. family rooms which could sleep 4), and there are a smattering of Youth Hostels in Staffordshire (www.yha.org.uk).

There MAY be the potential for a bit of floorspace on the Saturday night at a local church hall if needed - please get in touch if desperate - but we won't organise this unless you ask us to, with plenty of notice. In previous years we have not provided accommodation at this event, so do let us know as soon as possible if you will need help.

Contact name: 
Benji Heywood
Contact email: 

benji.heywood@ukultimate.com

Price: 
£85
How to register: 

The cost of the tournament is £85 per team. If you want to come YOU MUST FILL IN THE FORM FOUND AT THIS LINK

Payment details will be sent to you by email once you have filled in the form. If your school require an invoice in order to make the payment, please make this clear on the web entry form and provide any additional details that will be needed.

Please bear in mind that we may need to limit the number of teams per school. We are not setting a limit up-front, but will need to monitor the situation as entries come in.  You can help us with this by getting your entries done sooner rather than later.

Accordingly, the initial closing date for entries will be Monday 14th December. At this point, we'll award spots to some of those teams who have entered and hopefully enable them to make plans before the Christmas break. Of course, we understand that this is fairly soon, and we do intend to still accept entries after this on a first come, first served basis (and we'll try to leave a little space for more schools rather than let in someone's 11th team - though this may not be possible).

 

Location

Aldersley Leisure Village
Aldersley Road
Wolverhampton WV6 9NW
United Kingdom
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UKUU17U14IndoorsInfoPack.pdf867.22 KB
U17 & U14 Schedule 2015-16 (24_20).pdf215.33 KB