Pitch perfect day as South East’s youth rugby players take part in local festival

Last weekend, Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club (TWRFC) saw over 800 players from varying clubs across the South East at its annual Mini Festival.

A total of 97 teams from the under 7s to under 11s age groups went to St Marks Recreation Ground, Frant Road to compete for the honours (but mainly for fun) throughout the day.

Alex Nicholson, Chair of the Mini Section at TWRFC said:

“The Mini Festival is a great day of rugby and always results in lots of smiles from the players and parents alike.”

He added: “Getting children involved in Rugby at an early age is great way for them to stay healthy, exercise but also learn about sportsmanship and teamwork – we’ve seen friendships players make on the pitch build over the years and beyond the club and that’s what rugby is all about.”

The Mini Festival is a major event in Kent’s rugby calendar organised by TWRFC and, with an increased interest in rugby thanks to the fact it is a World Cup year, it is a great opportunity to encourage younger players to try the game.

Festival Organiser Suzanne George said: “It’s been an amazing day with over 2,000 people – players, family members, coaches and volunteers here at St Marks.

“The event is great for the club but also showcases rugby to the wider community, but we couldn’t do it without a small army of volunteers at the club.”

Simon Hughes, Youth Chair said: “The focus of today was our Mini Section. But the club offers opportunities to play from under 6 to Academy level and new players are welcome anytime to give rugby a go.”

New players of all ages can head to twrfc.com for more information on how to join.

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