U16 & U21 teams for China selected

The England U16 and U21 teams to compete in the 2018 World Youth Team Championships, in China in August, have been selected.

The teams will be:
U21s - Sam Anoyrkatis & Theo Anoyrkatis; Harry Madden & Kripa Panchagnula; Liam Sanderson & Daniel Winter; NPC Michael Byrne
U16s - Jasmine Bakhshi & Henry Rose; Jamie Fegarty & Liam Fegarty; Oscar Selby & Andy Cope; NPC Giorgio Provenza; coach Laura Porro.

Giorgio has written a new blog, with updates on the U16 squad's training and on their participation in an online competition organised by the WBF. To read it click here.

We are delighted by the number of members, clubs and counties which have made a donation to the fundraising effort to support the four England junior teams which will be competing in China, but there is still a long way to go. Fortunately, there is still plenty of time to make a donation, and all contributions, of whatever size, are gratefully received. See here for more details.

Entries open for European Mixed teams trials

European Mixed Teams Championship

The EBL’s European Mixed Teams Championship takes place Friday 22nd – Thursday 28th February 2019 (venue to be confirmed).

The EBU is intending to hold trials for the mixed team to represent England. These will be held on the weekend of 7th-9th September 2018. Depending on entries, there may then be a play-off between the leading two teams to be played on 8/9 December or earlier with the teams’ agreement.

Entry fees for the trials are £420 per team, and applications for the trials are invited from teams of 4 to 6 players, with mixed partnerships. The closing date for applications to dawn@ebu.co.uk is 29th June 2018. The EBU will pay entry fees to the European Championships and will provide uniform, but other than that participation is self-funded.

Eight teams reach Garden Cities final

The eight teams which will consist the final of the Garden Cities Trophy are known, after the Regional Finals took place on Saturday. The competition is for each county's teams-of-eight champions.

The qualifiers are:
Northern heat, at Bradford: Manchester BC, Manchester; Deva BC, Merseyside & Cheshire
South West heat, at Bristol: Petersfield BC, Hampshire; Bristol BC, Avon;
South East heat, at Richmond: Tunbridge Wells BC, Kent; Reading BC, Berks & Bucks
Midlands heat, at Peterborough: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire; Peterborough BC, Cambs & Hunts;

The final will take place on 23rd June.

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