North West Area Closed Ippon League 2017/18
Following feedback & concerns from clubs, coaches, parents and players regarding the falling numbers of entries for the area’s three county closed competitions. The North West Area Committee has decided to launch an exciting new competition model that will ultimately decide the County & Area Champions of the future and who will go on to represent our Area at the National Teams Championships going forward.
The North West Area Closed Ippon League will consist of 3 Fixtures (staged in Lancashire, Merseyside & Greater Manchester/Cheshire) and a Grand Final at Kendal Dojo. These fixtures will replace the area closed championships, as well as the three county, closed events that have previously had restrictions on who can enter.
The new structure allows ANY North West Player to enter ALL of the league fixtures, regardless of their performance level or the North West County they reside in or represent.
To align the league with picking a team for the 2018 National Teams and bearing in mind the new domestic age band change, the league will run from October to June on the following dates;
Sunday 8th October 2017
@ Blackburn Sports Centre, Feilden St, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 1LH
Sunday 21st January 2018
@ Croxteth Sports Centre, Altcross Road, Croxteth, Liverpool, L11 0BS (TBC)
GREATER MANCHESTER / CHESHIRE FIXTURE
Sunday 6th May 2018
@ Wilmslow Leisure Centre, Station Road, Rectory Fields, Wilmslow, SK9 1BU (TBC)
NORTH WEST AREA GRAND FINAL
Saturday 9th June 2018
@ Kendal Dojo, Parkside Road Industrial Estate, Parkside Road, Kendal, LA9 7EN (TBC)
Follow the link below to find out how the league will work.