It's one of our most exciting times of year and we are looking to the 2019/20 season. One of the highlights of this season is the U13 Celtic Challenge! Read below for the selection process, and how you could be selected to represent Wales in Northern Ireland.
U13 Celtic Challenge
Date of event: 8th-9th Feb 2020
Venue: Lisburn Rackets Club Northern Ireland
Date of Selection meeting: w/c 16th Dec 2019
The Celtic Challenge is the first Welsh representation event. It is also one of the mechanisms which the National Junior coach can identify potential RA members.
For the 2020 edition, players must be born in 2007 or later.
Selection for this event will be based on the BW selection criteria. However, in recognition of the difficulties that such young players have had, selection events will be prioritised as follows;
All Badminton Wales Gold and Open events.
Deganwy Junior Gold October 18th/19th 2019
Gwent Junior Gold November 24th 2019
Powys Junior Open December 15th 2019
Badminton England Gold events
Badminton England U13 Silver/Bronze
Any other Wales event (including Top Schools etc)
As well as these events, a specific “Trial Day” has been added. 5 Satellite coaches have been contacted and been asked to recommend 6 players who may not have previous experience of competition but may be suitable for selection.
These identified players may attend two sessions on Saturday November 2nd. The sessions will take place in:
University South Wales Sports Hall, Forest Grove, Pontypridd CF37 1UF - 11:30-13:30 - Routines
Jubilee Hall SWNC. Sophia Gardens CF11 9SW - 16:30-18:00 - Games
Should a Club Lead coach feel that they have a player who is likely to meet the selection criteria during the season please contact one of the identified satellite coaches (e mail address below) to discuss.
Paul Crump, Gwent: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Clarke, Carmarthenshire: email@example.com
Joe Hill, Deganwy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon Pill, Cardiff: email@example.com
Gen Cutter, Powys: firstname.lastname@example.org
This trial day will be limited to a maximum 36 players and there will be a cost of £5 per player. Please do not nominate a player to the Satellite coach if they are unable to support the Badminton Wales tournaments and other selection events.
ALL PLAYERS MUST BE NOMINATED BY THE SATELLITE COACH.