Last weekend, Bath Rugby hosted an exciting under-11s and under-12s grassroots tournament, 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-12s festival was a fantastic spectacle for those in attendance, with the impressive Bath Minis keeping their composure to be selected to represent Bath Rugby at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final in May. St Brendan’s, who showed great integrity during the tournament in narrowly missing out, made sure that they challenged Bath Minis in extra time. In the under-11s festival, Cleve RFC were triumphant, ensuring their representation at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final following another tight final with Dorchester RFC. The latter displayed great resolve to ensure that Cleve had to be at their very best throughout the whole match to be crowned Regional Representatives.
In addition, the Land Rover Spirit of Rugby Award, which goes to a player or team who demonstrated the values of rugby, was presented to Tor RFC.
Participating players at the festival also had the opportunity to meet Grant Shiells and Tom Ellis, who took time out of their schedule to watch the young teams as well as offer some coaching tips between games. Tom commented on the importance of grassroots rugby: “Having fun is so important at their ages and from watching the youngsters play out there it seemed like they were having the times of their lives and that’s what its all about. It was also great to see Tor RFC here, since that was the club I grew up playing for.”
For more information on the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup, please visit: www.premiershiprugby.com/landrovercup.