7 November 2013, 10:28am
Bath Rugby hosted an exciting under 11 and under 12 grassroots tournament on Sunday 3rd November, the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup, featuring grassroots clubs from across the region.
The successful series of nationwide tournaments continues to grow and allow young rugby players to showcase their skills and capabilities in a professionally run environment.
The under 12 festival was a fantastic spectacle for those in attendance, with the impressive Bath RFC keeping their cool to secure a fine victory over Winscombe who showed great integrity throughout the tournament .
In the under 11 festival, St Brendans RFC were triumphant over Bath RFC in a final as close as they come! Bath RFC U12s and St Brendans RFC U11s will go the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final to represent Bath Rugby during a half time pitch parade.
The Bath Rugby U12s Plate was a hard fought final between Taunton and Wellington, with Taunton taking the win. The Bath Rugby U11s Plate saw Chippenham claim victory against Devizes.
In addition, the Land Rover Spirit of Rugby Award, which goes to a team who demonstrated the values of rugby, was given to Bradford on Avon U11s for showing great team spirit and sportsmanship.
Participating players at the festival also had the opportunity to meet Club Captain Stuart Hooper and Ross Batty, who took time out to watch the young teams as well as offer some coaching tips between games. Ross commented on the importance of grassroots rugby: "Everyone here looks to be enjoying the rugby which is the most important aspect of the game. These events provide the perfect platform for players to develop not only within a team, but also as individuals."
A big thank you to Bradford on Avon RFC once again for the use of their excellent facility's, organisation and volunteers whose hard work made the festival a massive success.