Open trials for England youth teams
27th September 2019
This December will see open trials for players aiming to join the England Talent Pathway.
Young players will be able to try out for the England Cadet (Under 17) and England Junior (Under 19) squads in trials on 14th and 15th December at the National Volleyball Centre. The trials for the women’s U17 and U19 squads will be on the Saturday and the men’s U17 and U19 squads on the Sunday.
Players who are successful will then be invited to join the England Talent Pathway and join up with the squads from January 2020.
The trials cost £40 per person and include a hot meal for each player. Registrations are now open for players to sign up for the trials. The deadline to register is Sunday 17th November.
Under 17 (Cadet squad) trials
Cadet trialists need to be born in 2004, 2005 or later. Trialists needs to be British at the time of the trials.
Under 19 (Junior squad) trials
Junior trialists need to be born in 2002 and 2003.
How trials work
Replicating the environment of a typical day at a national training camp weekend, the trials will provide young athletes with an insight into what it’s like to be a member of the national talent pathway setup, a key part of which are the monthly camps. Additionally, the young athletes will have the chance to discover their current physical profile by taking part in a range of tests including: spike reach, block reach, spike jump, block jump and measurements.
As a fundamentally important part of a young athlete’s development, parents/guardians are invited to attend a meeting with Volleyball England staff, including Technical and Talent Coordinator Gillian Harrison and Academy and Technical Lead Bertrand Olie, to discuss the Talent Pathway and expectations of the athletes in the pathway.
Successful trialists will be invited to join the squad and as well as attending monthly training camps and benefitting from resources and workshops to aid their development, will be eligible for selection for international competitions. The main competitions for the junior squad are the Cornacchia Cup which takes place in April and the North European Volleyball Zonal Association Championships which are in October are for junior and cadet teams.
For many athletes who have progressed through the England Talent Pathway, it has helped them make volleyball part of their future, whether that is playing professionally abroad or playing volleyball alongside university studies including at the Senior Academies.