Open trials will be taking place for the GB Men’s squad at University of Nottingham on Sunday 16th December. This will be the third open trial since the current GB Men’s staff came together in 2020 as Head Coach, Jason Scott seeks to build on a successful 2023 – which saw Great Britain rise to fifth in the European rankings
Players found at the trials last year made up more than 50% of the 100-man squad in 2023.
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GB Head Coach Jason Scott said: “This is an important and vital part of the process, we are constantly looking to breathe fresh life into our programme, and the best way for us to do this is to bring new and exciting players onto the roster. We do not want to discount anyone – regardless of their experience or the level they currently play at – we had University student-athletes and players who are registered at Division 2 teams play for us last summer, and there’s every chance that could happen again in 2024.”
In 2023, several key players who featured for The Lions across the season were identified through the 2023 trials including linebackers Arthur Kingdom, Jenson Bosworth and Rio Savvaris, Defensive Back Ricky Delva, Offensive Lineman William Bunce and Defensive Tackle Sam Robertson – who all travelled to Copenhagen and played in the win against Denmark in October.
The trials will take place on 16th December, at the David Ross Sports Village on the campus at University of Nottingham. There will be four, two hour sessions (9am, 12pm, 3pm and 6pm), with players being assigned a slot depending on positional breakdown, geographical proximity and perceived experience coming into the trials.
“We’ve been blown away by the ability, enthusiasm and application of the players who come to work out, not to mention the sheer number of players putting themselves forward for selection – last year we had over 300 players trial, we’re hoping to see more this year, which is why we’ve added an extra session, to increase our capacity to identify talent,” added Scott.
The Great Britain Lions finished 5th in the European Championships in 2023, following wins against France and Denmark. Next year’s draw has seen the Lions pitched against Germany/Israel at home, and away in Sweden later in the year.