London Wasps are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with the 2014 Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens being held in March 2014. During the tournament, which runs between Monday 24th and Friday 28th March 2014, London Wasps will be;
On each day of the tournament, a member of the London Wasps squad will attend to make presentations, meet players, teams and coaches and to talk about their rugby careers to date.
London Wasps Community Rugby Manager Dave Larham told wasps.co.uk: "We are delighted that Dom Shabbo (Tournament Director) and his team have welcomed us to support the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens. The tournament is a fantastic event that showcases some of the finest rugby talent in the country at one of premier events in the schools' rugby calendar. Our involvement with the tournament will provide 'whole club' support to engage with the players, schools and businesses with a view to creating new supporters and new links."
London Wasps Schools Programme Officer Ben Smiley will be present at the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens to co-ordinate our support of the event, and to discuss with schools opportunities for them to get involved in the London Wasps Community Schools Programme.
Lawrence Dallaglio playing for England 7s in 1993
From its humble beginning in 1939, the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens has evolved into the world's largest rugby tournament with some 7,000 boys and girls aged 13 - 18 competing annually.
A significant number of current and recent England internationals tasted competitive rugby for the first time at the tournament, and eight of the England squad who were victorious at the 1993 Rugby World Cup Sevens at Murrayfield had played for their schools at Rosslyn Park. Many senior rugby coaches and captains of industry in the UK have played in the tournament.
Gareth Edwards was a member of the 1966 winning Millfield team. In 1967 Keith Jarrett played for Monmouth School and, just a month later, scored 19 points for Wales against England. More recently Rob Andrew and Rory Underwood played in the same Barnard Castle side.
Will Carling represented his preparatory school for two consecutive years and 1996 saw the Queen's grandson Peter Phillips play for Gordonstoun. London Wasps and England captain Lawrence Dallaglio, Phil de Glanville, also England captain, Tim Rodber, Chris Sheasby, Ade Adebayo and Neil Back are just some England stars who have played in the tournament.
Following the launch of London Wasps Partnership of the Rosslyn Park HSBC National School Sevens, Tournament Director Dom Shabbo said: "The Rosslyn Park HSBC national schools sevens tournament are delighted to have partnered with London Wasps as the official Premiership Rugby Club Partners. We feel London Wasps will add great value to the tournament with players from the club making awards to the winners and runners up, along with competitions and activities they will be running during the week. London Wasps is a great rugby club, and we are very excited about having them involved in the tournaments' 75th year."
A large part of the London Wasps Community Programme, our Schools Programme consists of a series of schools engagements in the state and independent education sectors. There are many opportunities for schools to get involved with our Schools Programme - CLICK HERE for more information about how your school can get involved with London Wasps.
Within the London Wasps Community Schools Programme sits the Independent Schools Programme. Made up of a series of one-off, term-long or occasional rugby engagements, all elements of our Independent Schools Programme are bespoke and designed specifically to meet the school, team or player's needs. Information about just some of the services that we can provide through our Independent Schools Programme can be found by clicking here. Alternatively, you can contact Schools Programme Officer Ben Smiley at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01494 531122.