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Come and join in with Karakal Tour, a series of squash tournaments in France especially for young competitors. The tournaments are held in the west, east and the south of France, and among the towns to have acted as host over a number of years are Brest, Lorient, Le Mans, La Roche sur Yon, La Rochelle, Royan, Chartres, Nimes, Perpignan, Aix en Provence, Nancy, Dijon etc. …

The tournaments are open to French and foreign competitors, and take place over 2 days, from Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon. As the competition is not played on a knock-out basis, the competitors can play up to four or five matches. Each event brings together at least 80 children, with the biggest events exceeding 100 entrants.

The tournaments are played according to the categories for the following ages: Poussins (born in 1997 and 1998), Benjamins (born in1995 and 1996), Minimes (born in in 1993 and 1994) and Cadets (born

in 1991 and 1992). In certain cases, it is possible to integrate a player into a higher age category so that he/she can play matches at the level appropriate for him/her. There are separate match timetables for boys and girls.

Enrolment for the tournaments can be made by telephone or by email (by the Wednesday before the weekend of the tournament) by applying to the organisers whose details are given for each event. Subscription can also be made by email using this adress : nico.squash@wanadoo.fr

Subscription charges are between 10 and 12 euros for each entrant.

Accommodation: The organisers generally supply a list of nearby participating hotels where the rates have negotiated in advance. The cost will be about 30 euros for 2 to 3 people staying for one night in

the hotel, breakfast not included. It is also possible to stay locally as a paying guest, but these places are limited and are on a first come, first served basis.

Meals: the organisers will provide a meal at midday on the Saturday and Sunday and on the Saturday evening for the competitors and those accompanying them. A meal for adults is often offered on the Saturday evening. The cost of each meal is about 10 euros.

Official recognition : These tournaments are officially recognised by the Fédération Française de Squash, and as a result, they are run according to the sporting rules of the federation. (For example, it is obligatory to wear protective glasses and have a rest time between each match). The tournaments are overseen during the weekend by an official judge/referee. The referee-ing is by the young competitors themselves, except in certain cases for the finals when the official referees are available. The competitors’ results are taken into account in establishing their national ranking. There is also an

internal ranking for the Circuit Karakal.

Sporting level: For the last twelve or so years, the best French players have participated in the Circuits Karakal in France, so the level is high in the final phases of the timetable. However, the tournaments are also an opportunity for many beginners to discover the joys of competition.

Sponsorship: The makers of Karakal, are the main sponsors of these events.

Apart from the sport, conviviality is a strong aspect of the Karakal tournaments. The organisers do everything they can to make these events enjoyable for the young players.

For more information, please contact Nicolas Barbeau by phone by email  nico.squash1@me.com