Application

You can apply online using this form. Please note you need to provide video evidence of a qualifying set which will be reviewed as part of your application.

Eligibility

An athlete must fulfil one of the following criteria to be eligible for a place in Team England

  1. Be born in England
  2. Be born of English Parents (at least one) or English Grandparents (at least one)
  3. Having Dual Nationality (holding a British Passport) and having lived in England for at least 3 years
  4. Have lived in England for at least 3 years and not having represented any other country in any sport

For the purposes of this policy, there are two parts to proving compliance with the eligibility criteria; proof of ID and proof of how the athlete fulfils the criteria. However, one document may be proof of both.

The simplest option for an athlete born and residing in England is a current British Passport showing a town of birth in England, or if the athlete does not have a passport, a current UK driving license and birth certificate showing a town of birth in England.

Failing this the following would apply:

  • Valid proof of ID from either route 1, 2 or 3 AND a proof of being the direct descendant of English Parents or Grandparents.
  • Dual Nationality and having lived in England for at least 3 years
  • Valid proof of ID from either route 1, 2 or 3 AND a proof of being resident in England for the last 3 years, and having never represented any other country in any sport

Route 1

The applicant must be able to show:

  • Document from Group 1, below
  • Further documents from either Group 1, or Group 2a or 2b, below

At least 1 of the documents must show the applicant’s current address.

 

Route 2

If the applicant doesn’t have any of the documents in Group 1, then they must be able to show:

  • 1 document from Group 2a
  • 2 further documents from either Group 2a or 2b

At least 1 of the documents must show the applicant’s current address.

Route 3

Route 3 can only be used if it hasn’t been possible to process the application through Routes 1 or 2. For Route 3, the applicant must be able to show:

  • A birth certificate issued after the time of birth (UK and Channel Islands)
  • 1 document from Group 2a
  • 3 further documents from Group 2a or 2b

At least 1 of the documents must show the applicant’s current address. If the applicant can’t provide these documents they may need to be fingerprinted.

 

Identity Documents

Group 1: Primary identity documents

Passport – any current and valid passport (for any country)
Biometric residence permit UK
Current driving licence – photo card with counterpart UK/Isle of Man/Channel Islands (full or provisional)
Birth certificate – issued at time of birth UK and Channel Islands – including those issued by UK authorities overseas, eg embassies, High Commissions and HM Forces

Group 2a: Trusted government documents

Current driving licence – old-style paper version UK
Current photo driving licence – non-UK licences must be valid
Birth certificate – issued after time of birth UK and Channel Islands
Marriage/civil partnership certificate – UK and Channel Islands
Adoption certificate – UK and Channel Islands
HM Forces ID card – UK
Firearms licence – UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Group 2b: Financial and social history documents

Mortgage statement – UK or EEA issued in last 12 months
Bank or building society statement – UK and Channel Islands or EEA issued in last 3 months
Bank or building society account opening confirmation letter – UK issued in last 3 months
Credit card statement – UK or EEA issued in last 3 months
Financial statement – eg pension or endowment UK issued in last 12 months
P45 or P60 statement – UK and Channel Islands issued in last 12 months
Council Tax statement – UK and Channel Islands issued in last 12 months
Work permit or visa – UK valid up to expiry date
Letter of sponsorship from future employment provider – non-UK or non-EEA only and valid only for applicants residing outside of the UK at time of application. Must still be valid
Utility bill – UK (not a mobile telephone bill) issued in last 3 months
Benefit statement – eg Child Benefit, Pension UK issued in last 3 months
Central or local government, government agency, or local council document giving entitlement – eg from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Employment Service, HMRC UK and Channel Islands issued in last 3 months
EU National ID card – must still be valid
Cards carrying the PASS accreditation logo – UK and Channel Islands. Must still be valid
Letter from head teacher or college principal UK – for 16 to 19 year olds in full-time education and only used in exceptional circumstances if other documents cannot be provided. Must still be valid

Proof of Residency

If you do not meet eligibility criteria 1 (i.e. you were not born in England) you will need to provide proof of residency in England for the last 3 years. In order to show proof residency in England, two groups of documents from Group 2B would be needed showing history for the last 3 years.

Also valid would be:

  • Electoral Roll proof for the last 3 years
  • Valid Home Contents Insurance policy documents for the last 3 years
  • Tenancy agreements for the last 3 years (not handwritten)
  • P60 or P45 for the last 3 years

Qualification Criteria

  •  Athletes wishing to qualify for the English team must meet one of the eligibility criteria defined above and be a current member of OKSE
  • EKA will align with the IUKL approach for the structure of national teams as it relates to the “amateur” and “professional” categories and as it relates to age groups. The English team will, therefore, comprise of both amateur and professionally ranked athletes, where relevant, and of various age groups. (Please refer to the IUKL website if you are not clear which age group is relevant to you)
  • The EKA ranking tables will be used (please consult our website for the current ranking tables) for determining the qualifying standard and all ranks referred to below relate to the aforementioned EKA ranking table.
  • Ranks from other kettlebell organisations cannot be used to qualify for the English team
  • The number of athletes comprising each category and age group may be limited, depending on the competition.
  • Where a given category is fully subscribed EJA may nominate athletes to “reserve” positions based on athletic performance at the discretion of the committee
  • Where there is oversubscription for a place in a given category or age group, then the best result of each athlete in question from the relevant calendar year will be used to determine qualification for the category in question.
  • Applications for a place on the team can be made through the website or by email stating the relevant event, category, age group, bodyweight and how the athlete fulfills the eligibility criteria.
  •  Athletes need to provide supporting evidence of their qualifying performance in the form of a video from an EKA recognised event.

Qualifying Standards

  • Adult Professional: Athletes who wish to qualify as an adult professional for the English team adult age group must attain the rank of EKA Professional Rank 3 at an EKA recognised event, held in the relevant calendar year
  • Adult Amateur: Athletes who wish to qualify as an adult amateur for the English team adult age group must attain EKA Amateur Rank 3 at an OKSE recognised event, held in the relevant calendar year
  • Juniors: please confirm by contacting us.
  • Veterans: please confirm by contacting us.
  • The athletic performance used to qualify for the team must be at the bodyweight category that the athlete intends to compete in as part of the national team.

EKA Recognised Events

OKSE currently recognise the following events for the purposes of qualification

    • EKA organised competitions
    • GSU Scottish, English, Welsh, British and Irish championships
    • IUKL World Cup and World Grand Prix events
    • Any other IUKL recognised competition

FAQ

Question: I qualified for a place on the English team during last year, do I automatically qualify during this year?
Answer: No. You must submit a qualifying performance during the relevant calendar year to compete as part of the English team during the calendar year in question

Question: I currently weigh 85kg and have submitted a qualifying performance, but I plan on losing weight this year. Can I compete in 78kg bodyweight category?
Answer: No. Your qualifying performance must be at the same bodyweight category as you intend to compete in.

 

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