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.
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.
We are a highly successful team. We were runners up in the UK National Final in 2022 and many athletes won medals at this event.
We want to repeat that performance again and INVITE YOU TAKE PART.
Team Avon will compete against the following teams: Cardiff Archers, Cheltenham & County Harriers, East Wales, and Swansea Harriers AC.
If we win the regional final then we quality for the national final.
Athletes must be first claim members of their clubs to be eligible to compete for Team Avon.
The league matches for 2023 are as follows:
30 APRIL – YATE
28 MAY – SWANSEA
2 JULY – ABERDARE
30 JULY – REGIONAL FINAL AT YATE OR RUGBY (TBC)
3 SEPTEMBER – NATIONAL FINAL AT BIRMINGHAM
Lesley Nunn (women) & Sandra Woodman (men) select the team two weeks in advance of the competition. We use the Power of Ten rankings to select athletes to score. The top two ranked athletes that are available for each match will be selected. In addition there are some opportunities to compete as a non-scorer in each match.
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 2023!
Sandra Woodman (Men’s team manager)
Tel: 01761 415316 or 07745166966
Lesley Nunn – (Women’s team manager)
Tel: 01454 312059 or 07713770478