Staffordshire Under 16s: 2017/2018


U16 transition Day at Keele University on Tuesday 5th December 6.30pm.

Training dates in December are 15th and 22nd December 2017 at Penkridge Leisure Centre 3G 6.30pm.




We would like to invite nominations for players to trial for Staffordshire U16s. (Current Season U16 Players, year 11). Please can you forward this email to the Coach/manager of your U16 team if it is not you.

Current DPP or PDG players are not required to take part in this trial so please do not nominate any DPP or PDG players.

Also players who represented the County at U15 level last season will be invited to the trial directly.

Players should show above average standards in their core skills of catch & pass, tackle and contact and / or have excellent game understanding and tactical awareness. We also encourage you to nominate any players that have outstanding physical qualities or potential (speed, size, height, strength).

In making the nominations coaches should only put forward players who possess these attributes at the highest level as it is unlikely that those who do not will progress. Nominations are limited to 3 per club/school. If anyone feels they have more than 3 players then contact me with supporting information but please bear in mind that they will be competing with last year’s U15 squad and the PDG players for places in the squad.

Nominations must be made by emailing me directly at on or before Friday 10th November 2017 giving the Players Name, Date of Birth, Position, Club/School and email contact details.

The trial will take place on Friday 24th November 2017 at Longton RFC. Full details of time and venue will be emailed directly to the players and the person making the nomination.

If you have any queries please email me and I will try and answer them.


Mike Bezus

Staffordshire U15/16s Team Manager

M 07831 848153 Email:


Staffordshire U16 Selection and Playing Programme 2017-18


w/c 20th November 2017 - Open CB Trials Longton RFC (Non PDG Players)

5th December 2017 - CB/PDG Transition day, Keele University, (PDG Players)

15th & 22nd December 2017 - Training sessions, venue TBC (CB Trialists and PDG nominees)

Sunday 7th January 2018 - Tigers U16 Festival Norfolk, Staffs, NLD, Leics at Loughborough University, (CB and PDG selected squad)

17th, 31st Jan & 14th Feb 2018 - CB Training sessions, venue TBC (CB and PDG selected squad)

Sunday 21st January 2018 - Staffordshire U16s v NLD U16s, at Lichfield RFC (CB and PDG selected squad)

Sunday 4th February 2018 - Leicestershire U16s v Staffordshire U16s, venue TBC (CB and PDG selected squad)

Sunday 18th February 2017 - Staffordshire U16s v Cheshire U16s at Newcastle RUFC (CB and PDG selected squad)


 Staffordshire U15 & U16 Group

The Delivery team for the U15/16 Group has now been appointed: -

Team Manager – Mike Bezus

Head Coach – Darren Mottershead

Forwards Coach – Ed Hamill

Backs Coach – Gary Dipple

Chairman of selectors – Robin Websdale