To ensure that players get the most out of the event, we will be running a round robin format followed by a single elimination bracket. Each player will be guaranteed a minimum of 4 matches. Matches in the round robin and knockout stages will be 1 game to 11 win by 1, medal matches will be 1 game to 15 win by 2.
This tournament is restricted to UK players only.
We want the competition to be:
- Fair (we have structured the competition with age breaks [19+, 50+, 60+ & 65+] and skill levels [3.0-, 3.5, 4.0+])
- Fun (getting to play competitively with players who all want to be there for fun should equal fun!)
- Transparent (clear rules; accessibility to the results and league tables)
If there are an insufficient number of entries within a single age/skill category (min 5), then categories will be combined at the Tournament Director's discretion.
If you would like to be considered for the selection process for Team England for the World Pickleball Games, you are strongly encouraged to enter 4.0+ 19+ events.
We are hopeful that all legal restrictions will be lifted by the time of the tournament. However, if this is not the case, we will organise the tournament to meet all government guidelines that are in place. We will email all players ahead of the tournament start to advise what covid measures will be in place.
Registration fee is £25 which includes one t-shirt* and each event fee is £20, except for the Mixed Split Age event which is £10. The Tournament Dinner is £30 for a 2 course meal with a welcome drink on arrival. *Additional t-shirts can be bought for £18. T-shirts are round neck for men and v-neck for ladies.
On registering, you will be sent a confirmation email confirming your entries as well as a special link back to the registration website (if it doesn't come through please check all junk folders before sending through an enquiry to let us know). This will take you to a players needing partners page where you must confirm your registered partners by sending a partner confirmation email. This means both you and your partner must be registered and then confirm your partnership to guarantee your entry as a doubles team into the event. If you have agreed a partnership in advance, you should follow the link in the email and click on the "Send Partner Request" icon next to the name of your proposed partner. They will receive an email asking them to confirm that they agree, and will be given the option to confirm yes/no. This automatically updates our system either way. In the event you don't have a partner and need to find one, you can use the "Contact" icon next to a player's name to start a conversation with them via email about potentially partnering up. If you have any queries or concerns then please don't hesitate to send through an enquiry and we will do our best to get back to you ASAP!
Thursday 12th August - Recreational Play [7am-10pm]
Recreational play will be available for all registered players as well as those with a Rec Play Pass.
Friday 13th August - Morning - Singles [9am start, please arrive for 8.30am player briefing]
Friday 13th August - Afternoon - Mixed Doubles Split Age [Start time 2.30pm]
Mixed Doubles Split Age will be played in 3 skill brackets (3.0-, 3.5 and 4.0+) and is a fun event where players will be randomly paired up as a Mixed Doubles team, only one will be Over 50 and one will be Under 50. This event will be run as a single elimination bracket on Friday afternoon and is intended to bring a fun, social atmosphere whilst providing another competitive event for players to take part in. In the event of unequal male/female entries, some players may miss out but will be refunded.
Saturday 14th August - Men's and Women's Doubles [9am start, please arrive for 8.30am player briefing]
Tournament Dinner at Bolton Whites Hotel from 7.30pm - 11.30pm
Sunday 15th August - Mixed Doubles [9am start, please arrive for 8.30am player briefing]
Accommodation and Travel
Bolton Whites De Vere Hotel - we have negotiated a preferential rate with Bolton Whites hotel of £69 per night including breakfast for a double/twin room. Bolton Whites is within the Macron Stadium, has an abundance of free parking and is a 5 minute walk to Bolton Arena.
Quote code "PICKBB" when booking to secure the pickleballEngland rate. This rate is currently available over the phone or via email.
Premier Inn Bolton Arena/Stadium - the Premier Inn is a 2 minute walk to Bolton Arena and has rates available from £29 per night for a double/twin room.
Premier Inn Bolton West Hotel - the Premier Inn is a 5 minute drive to Bolton Arena and has rates available from £29 per night for a double/twin room.
Car - Bolton Arena is located just off Junction 6 of the M61. Address is Arena Approach, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 6LB.
Train - Horwich Parkway is a 2 min walk from Bolton Arena. It has direct links to Manchester Picadilly and 1 change journeys to various locations across the UK.
Plane - Manchester Airport is a 40 minute drive from Bolton Arena. It has direct domestic flights to and from London Heathrow and Southampton.
Tournament Dinner Party
We will be holding the tournament dinner party on Saturday evening, arrivals from 7:30pm. It will be held in the "Lion of Vienna" suite within the Bolton Whites Hotel, which has a fantastic view over the Macron Stadium football pitch. There will be a drink on arrival followed by a 2 course meal, as well as a licensed bar available throughout the evening. There will be music provided by Peter Hitchman, a well-renowned UK pickleball player and DJ. Please select your meal option choice when registering and send through an enquiry if you have any dietary requirements.
A - 12 Hour Pot Roast Brisket of Beef, Wholegrain Mustard Mash, Chantenay Carrots, Caramelised Onion, Beer Gravy + Lemon Meringue Posset, Gingerbread Crumb, Blood Orange Gel
B - 12 Hour Pot Roast Brisket of Beef, Wholegrain Mustard Mash, Chantenay Carrots, Caramelised Onion, Beer Gravy + Vegan Chocolate Brownie, Berry Compote
C - Roast Fillet of Salmon, Dill Mashed Potato, Pea Puree, Wilted Cabbage, Lemon and Chive Oil + Lemon Meringue Posset, Gingerbread Crumb, Blood Orange Gel
D - Roast Fillet of Salmon, Dill Mashed Potato, Pea Puree, Wilted Cabbage, Lemon and Chive Oil + Vegan Chocolate Brownie, Berry Compote
E - Thyme Roast Butternut Squash, Pearl Barley Risotto, Candied Beetroot, Honey and Lemon Dressing (VEGAN) + Lemon Meringue Posset, Gingerbread Crumb, Blood Orange Gel
F - Thyme Roast Butternut Squash, Pearl Barley Risotto, Candied Beetroot, Honey and Lemon Dressing (VEGAN) + Vegan Chocolate Brownie, Berry Compote
The 2021 English Nationals, like all pickleballEngland events is a volunteer run tournament. A lot of things are planned out in advance however it is always incredibly useful to have lots of pairs of hands, and feet on the ground in the build up to the event. If you are willing and available at any point from Wednesday evening thru Sunday even for a couple of hours then please send through an enquiry to let us know - it will be very much appreciated!!
The Arena is booked 7am-10pm Thursday thru Sunday. Our planned tournament operation hours are 8:30am-6:30pm, so there are around 5 hours each day available for recreational play. All players who have registered for at least 1 event will have access to the courts for rec play at all times. We will be offering the opportunity for non-registered players to be able to buy a Rec Play Pass for £15 which will enable them to also play during these hours. If you do not want to play in the tournament but want to buy a Rec Play Pass then please send through an enquiry.
Tournament Venue & Food
Bolton Arena has capacity for up to 600 players per day and will have between 24 and 28 pickleball courts marked out for the event. There is ample room for seating at each end of each hall, as well as a gantry that can hold up to 200 people and balcony viewing. It has a cafe, which serves hot and cold food, as well as changing facilities, toilets and spaces to relax. Although there is a cafe within the arena, there are a multitude of other options within a 10 minute walk for food/drink.
Tournament Terms & Conditions
By ticking the terms and conditions box in your registration form, you agree to the following:
"I release and discharge, for myself, my heirs, executors, and administrators, the organizers, the facility, its members, employees, and sponsors and all persons associated with the tournament from all claims, damages, rights of action present or future which may arise in connection with my participation in the tournament. I understand that filming and photographs will be taken at this event and I give permission to pickleballEngland to use the creative content to advertise, promote or showcase the event. I understand that it is my responsibility to make it known that I do not wish to have my picture taken or my games filmed. Persons aged under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult."
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