U12s Winners Brighton RFC
This weekend saw London Wasps host an action packed Under 12 and Under 11 grassroots Festival, the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup. After the success of the past three years, Land Rover remain proud partners of the thriving national tournament which took place on Saturday 22nd October at RAF Halton.
The keenly contested series of matches resulted in a tight Under 12 final where Brighton RFC were crowned the winners over an impressive outfit from Chinnor RFC, winning by 1try to nil. In the Under 11s Festival, Beaconsfield RFC were the victors, with Westcliffe RFC finishing as Runners-Up. Participating players at the Festival also had the opportunity to meet London Wasps players Jack Wallace and Bob Baker who took time out of their schedules to watch the young teams as well as offer some coaching tips between games. As well as winning the Festival, the young players have also won places in the prestigious Land Rover Parade of Champions where they will be presented to a sell out crowd at Twickenham during the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final next May.
Jack Wallace from London Wasps commented on the importance of grassroots rugby, "All of my team mates at London Wasps have achieved becoming professional players because they were given opportunities to play competitive rugby either at a school or a grassroots rugby club; or both. These types of Festivals provide the chance for young players to express themselves through the actual playing of the game in a well-structured and well-delivered event. I really enjoyed seeing these age-groups play and hope they get the same amount of enjoyment from their rugby as Bob (Baker) and I have so far in our careers."
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U11s Winners Beaconsfield RFC
Later at Adams Park Stadium, we were delighted to be able to provide more interaction for the Festival players when the groups were invited to join our Community Photographs with Riki Flutey and Richard Haughton, a number of players formed our Tunnel of Honour to welcome the London Wasps and Newport Gwent Dragons players on to the pitch, and at half-time the winning teams were re-presented with their Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cups by Jonathan Poff and Sam Jones.
Winning U12s Coach Greg Heath from Brighton RFC was pleased with his team's performance and the Festival, "The event was as efficiently planned and run as we have come to expect from the community department at London Wasps. The location & facilities provided for a first class afternoon of good quality of competitive rugby. Great to see a few new clubs involved and that the spirit of all of the coaches, parents & players was competitive and fair. On behalf of the Brighton Bulls i would like to thank all your staff at Wasps & Land Rover for your efforts in putting on the festival and look forward to our club taking part in any future events."
Joanna Hawley, from the London Wasps Community Department commented, "We would like to congratulate all of the players that took part in both age-group Festivals. The support we receive from Land Rover and Premiership Rugby provides a unique opportunity for London Wasps to welcome teams from within our Community Partnership to play against each other, and teams from outside our community. The Festival was played in a great spirit with some fantastic displays of individual skills and teamwork.
The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup attracts the finest Under 12 and Under 11 teams from the various regions, and as a result, it has continued to build in prestige from its inception, with participation at an all time high. The benefit and enjoyment that the youngsters are clearly deriving from the festivals gives great satisfaction to Land Rover, who had hoped for exactly this when establishing the first ever festivals to be officiated by their long-standing partners Premiership Rugby.
Commenting on the support of the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup, Laura Schwab, Marketing Director of Land Rover UK, said, "We are thrilled that the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is proving to be such a success and continues to build in momentum and profile for what is now its fourth year. It is a significant initiative which provides a unique opportunity for young players to channel their enthusiasm for the sport and to play in a national tournament. Land Rover’s commitment to rugby now covers all levels of the game, from Rugby World Cup 2011, to supporting the elite of the England Rugby team, as well as the young players of the future, and this is something that we are extremely proud of."
For more information on the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup please visit www.premiershiprugby.com