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 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, Congelton, 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 Festivals have been arranged and organisation will be assisted by the RFU RDOs as follows:

West – Chris Hughes (chrishughes@rfu.com)
U12s West : Wirral (23rd Sept 2018, confirmed), Birkenhead Park (14th Apr 2019, confirmed)
U13s West : Caldy (30th Sept 2018, confirmed), New Brighton (5th May 2019, TBC)
Central – Simon Verbickas (simonverbickas@rfu.com)
U12s Central : Sandbach (23rd Sept 2018, confirmed), Northwich (14th Apr 2019, confirmed)
U13s Central : Lymm (30th Sept 2018, confirmed), Bowdon (5th May 2019, confirmed)
East – Julian Gilding (juliangilding@rfu.com)
U12s East : Stockport (23rd Sept 2018, confirmed), Macclesfield (14th Apr 2019, confirmed)
U13s East : Wilmslow (30th Sept 2018, confirmed), Sale FC (5th May 2019, confirmed)
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.