The RFU guidance and the allowed formats for the U12s and U13s have changed over the last two seasons and the current Cup format with Waterfall into Plate, Bowl, Shield, Vase, Trophy etc. is not compatible with the requirements of the RFU.

Instead, the RFU have proposed a series of cluster kids first festivals for the U12s and U13s age groups, based on East, Central and West Chester clubs:

  • West: Anselmians, Birkenhead Park, Caldy, Chester, Ellesmere Port, Hoylake, Oxton Parkonians, New Brighton, Wirral,
  • Central: Bowdon, Congleton, Crewe-Nantwich, Helsby, Knutsford, Lymm, Northwich, Sandbach, Winnington Park,
  • East: Altrincham-Kersal, Ashton-on-Mersey, Dukinfield, Macclesfield, Marple, Sale FC, Stockport, Wilmslow
  • IoM Teams are encouraged to join one of the festivals, and will be placed in one of the three clusters in order to facilitate travel requirements.

The Kids First Festivals have been arranged and organisation will be assisted by the RFU CRCs as follows:

West:
U12s : Nick Royle (nickroyle@rfu.com} Birkenhead Park (14th April 19)
U13s : Simon Verbickas (simonverbickas@rfu.com) New Brighton (5th May 2019)
Central:
U12s : Julian Gilding ( juliangilding@rfu.comNorthwich (14th Apr 2019)
U13s : Delta Williams (deltawilliams@rfu.comBowdon (5th May 2019)
East:
U12s : Julian Gilding (juliangilding@rfu.comMacclesfield (14th Apr 2019)
U13s : Delta Williams ( deltawilliams@rfu.comSale FC (5th May 2019)
Entries will be organised locally and not through the normal entries to the Cheshire Junior Cup competitions, which will now be U14-U18s.
Clubs with large numbers of players are encouraged to enter more than one team/squad.