Young rugby players take to the pitch for North Tyneside festival

Hundreds of budding rugby stars put their talents on the field to good use at an annual sports festival

Youngsters take part in the North Tyneside Festival of Rugby
Youngsters take part in the North Tyneside Festival of Rugby

Hundreds of budding rugby stars put their talents on the field to good use at an annual sports festival.

Percy Park Rugby Club in North Shields and Rockcliff Rugby Club in Whitley Bay partnered up to host the North Tyneside Festival of Rugby for its second year.

In partnership with Northumberland Rugby Union and with support from Newcastle Falcons, Percy Park attracted more than 900 children, between the ages of six and 10, to play in the opening festival of the season.

 

Rouven Snowdon, who helped organise the event, said: “It was good family fun. If you’ve got more than 900 kids there then you’re easily going to have at least 900 parents there as well so it was a really great, fun atmosphere for the whole day.”

The Festival of Rugby is an inclusive event aimed at helping children with the new laws of rugby and it also allows cross-county coaches to share ideas and training plans which will help develop the children going forward.

This year there were 122 teams entered across five age groups which saw Percy Park arrange and execute 220 fixtures on 26 pitches over four hours.

Organisers have seen a huge increase in the number of clubs participating across all age groups, with teams travelling from as far north as Alnwick and west from Carlisle.

As the youngsters played under the new rules of play there was no overall winner and there were no cups or trophies awarded at the end of the day.

All the children who took part in the day received commemorative medals.

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