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A Festival of Mini-Rugby

1 week ago By Stephen Snell

On Sunday 8th October, the Fortress was witness to a spectacle of mini-rugby. The Under 10s/11s came from far and wide to celebrate The Great Game.

Tents were raised, and banners unfurled by Crowborough, Crawley, Hove, Haywards Heath, Chichester, Heathfield, East Grinstead, Hastings & Bexhill, Shoreham, Burgess Hill, Uckfield, Seaford and the hosts, Eastbourne.

The whole day ran like clockwork, thanks to an army of coaches and volunteers. A special mention to Jane and the catering team, who tirelessly fed the supporters, Becky who doubled as parking marshal, transforming into First Aider once the tournament had got under way and indeed to Claire Burgum and the Coaches of both age groups who had organised everything to ensure a success.

The Stars of the Festival were the boys and girls who played the game with such enthusiasm, and sportsmanship. If anyone had doubted the benefits of Mini-Rugby, they would have been convinced by the friendly rivalry, and the energy of Sunday's event. Gareth Jones, Headmaster of St Andrews, and Joe Marler from Harlequins were there to encourage the young players, and although there were no cups to be won, there was one undoubted winner....the Great Game of Rugby!

Updated 09:28 - 12 Oct 2017 by Stephen Snell

Where next?

An Action-Packed Rugby Weekend At the Fortress this weekend 7th/8th October, we have games on Saturday and Sunday, an U10’s/U11’s Festival, what better way to spend your weekend.

Sat 28 Oct
Eastbourne 1st XV East Grinstead
League 15:00
Eastbourne 2nd XV Horsham 3
League 15:00
Sun 29 Oct
Under 10's Haywards Heath
Festival 10:00
Under 9's Haywards Heath
Festival 10:00
Under 15's Pulborough
League 11:00
Sat 4 Nov
Eastbourne 1st XV Ditchling
League TBC
Eastbourne 2nd XV Pulborough 3
League 14:30

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