UPPER AGE GROUP YOUTH DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE (YDL)

FOR THE U17 AND U20 AGE GROUPS

128 teams compete in this Nationwide Competition, which is split into 3 Regions.  Yate athletes compete as part of a composite Avon Team with athletes from Bristol & West and Team Bath. The team competes in the Midland Premier South West Division of the Midland Region.

There are 3 league matches across the season, with the top 3 teams from our division going on to compete in the Midland Regional Final where we could compete against the top 3 teams from the Midland Premier North East Division for a place at the National finals.

Yate Team Managers:

Youth Development League 2020

TEAM AVON

Dear Athlete,

The Youth Development League Upper Age Group is an inter-club team competition for U17 and U20 athletes, though U17 athletes can also take part as U20s.

Four clubs within the Avon area (Bristol & West, Mendip, Team Bath, and Yate & District) have joined together to form a composite team called TEAM AVON.

Last season, we were division winners and we reached the NATIONAL FINAL at MANCHESTER.

In an outstanding performance, we came 3rd in the United Kingdom with many athletes achieving PBs and winning medals.

We want to repeat that performance again and INVITE YOU TO TAKE PART.

Team Avon will compete against the following teams: Cardiff AC, Cardiff Archers AC, Cheltenham Harriers, Swansea Harriers, Team Avon and West Wales.

Athletes must be first claim members of their clubs to be eligible to compete for Team Avon.

The three league matches for 2020 are as follows:

26TH APRIL – CHELTENHAM

24th MAY- SWANSEA

21ST JUNE – YATE

PREMIER MIDLAND REGIONAL FINAL 26th July – YATE.

Plus the National Final on 6th September (if we do well enough) at Sport City, MANCHESTER.

We believe that we can certainly make the area final. We have the athletic talent in Avon to win our division but we must have the commitment of you as athletes and the support of your coaches and parents to prioritise this league over other events. You have to compete in one of the league matches to be considered for the regional and national finals.

TEAM SELECTION: Lesley Nunn (women) & Sandra Woodman (men) select the team two weeks in advance of the competition. The top two ranked athletes are selected to score but there is some opportunity to compete as a guest as well.

It is VITAL that you complete the availability form and return it with your current PBs for your preferred events. We cannot select you if you do not tell us when you are available.

Team selections will be published by email, and athletes are expected to confirm receipt to the Team Managers.

Please make sure you return your availability form in good time to be considered for team selection.

We are looking forward to a very successful 2020!

Best wishes,

Sandra Woodman – Sandra@swoodman.co.uk

Tel: 01761 415316 or 07745166966

Men’s team manager

Lesley Nunn – nunn.lesley@googlemail.com

Tel: 01454 312059 or 07713770478

Women’s team manager