Successful mini rugby festival held at Weston

PUBLISHED: 09:40 04 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:40 04 May 2018

Weston RFC juniors.

Weston RFC juniors.

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A successful mini rugby festival was hosted by Weston Rugby Club, with more than 600 children and parents attending.

Weston Rugby Club hosted its first minis rugby festival entertaining more than 600 children and associated parents organised by Under-7 coaches Dan Denning and Steve Robertson.

The event was a huge success with teams coming from as far afield as Barnes, Stroud and Barnet with age groups from under-6s through to under-12s.

The key theme of the day was ‘Kids First’ with the emphasis around allowing the children to follow the values of England Rugby - teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship.

The games kicked off at 10am through to 3pm on a cold windy morning. However, this did not stop the enjoyment throughout the day with kids of all age groups playing rugby against teams not normally available to them through the season.

Volunteers from the club were also on hand to help on the day providing a fantastic raffle, bouncy castles, sumo wrestling, face painting, food and drinks, ensuring there was always something to do for all.

There were a few knocks and bumps along the way, but qualified first aiders were on hand, supported by Weston RFC physio Liv James, to ensure they were all safely patched up and could continue for the rest of the day.

Steve and Dan worked tirelessly to get support from local businesses. Viper Innovations Ltd kindly provided the medals for all the children on the day, with RAM assisting in delivering brand new posts for all pitches.

Rhino Rugby who has supported the club for a while, kindly donated new match balls for each pitch to ensure everyone started their games in style. Brooking Ruse and Co accountants and Smurfit Kappa also kindly helped to support various parts of the day.

Weston RFC is dedicated to delivering a safe and enjoyable place to play rugby and allow girls and boys from all ages to learn and benefit from the sport.

The festival was the final game for the Minis section after another successful season recently coming off a great tour in Torquay.

Without the participation of parents volunteering to support the season and in particular the festival this would not be able to happen and the club would like to thank all who helped out.

The club would like to thank Steve and Dan for putting the club on the map in terms of offering a great location for all clubs to enjoy rugby and after a well-deserved break, we look forward to planning the next one.

Cheddar Valley Rugby Club mini and junior players celebrated their annual end of season festival of rugby, with more than 1,000 boys and girls taking part.

The club welcomed clubs from across the South West and touring sides from as far afield as London to their Sharpham Road ground for their end of season games.

The Cheddar sides also had a stunning new strip to match their smiles, thanks to the generous donation from St Monica Trust.

Decked out in their brand new shirts, sporting the traditional Cheddar sky blue and scarlet, home teams from Under-7s to 12s took on all-comers, with more than 1,500 parents, siblings and fans there to cheer them on.

The new kits are sponsored by Bristol-based charity, the St Monica Trust who provide accommodation, care and support for older and disabled people in Bristol and North Somerset, including their Sandford Station retirement village.

Cheddar RFC chairman Nev Holmes, said: “Cheddar Rugby is a community-based, family-focussed club and seeing these kids playing their game brings a smile to everyone’s faces.”

The new shirts were produced by Cheddar-based printing and embroidery firm, Extra Mile, who have developed a great relationship with the club.

Picture: Barbara Evripidou.

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