October 2019

Woodbridge Rugby Club U7 – U12 Rugby Festival – 50 years of rugby

Over 70 teams from 11 clubs across East Anglia attended the eleventh Woodbridge Rugby Club U7-U12 Rugby Festival at the Club’s grounds on Sunday 6 October. Now a regular fixture for local junior teams Woodbridge Rugby Club, home of the Woodbridge Warriors and Amazons senior men’s and women’s teams, made maximum use of its Bromeswell pitches as games continued from 10:30 until 3.30pm.

The heavy rain throughout the day, did not dampen the spirits of over 300 children from youth squads as young as 6 years of age came from Chelmsford, Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich YM, Southwold, Ipswich, Stowmarket, Colchester, Felixstowe, West Mersea and Woodbridge to play under the RFU’s Age Grade Regulations. The event was Generously sponsored and supported by Woodbridge School.

Stephen Wilding, Junior Chairman commented…

“I would like to thank our sponsors Woodbridge School and volunteers Oliver Johnson head of Mini rugby Claire Cole Junior section VP, Garry Sykes for the fantastic pitches, Woodbridge Medical Services, Roger Aston and our catering staff and all the coaches, marshals, parents and supporters of WRUFC who have helped. I was approached by half a dozen Coaches from the other clubs to thank us for a fantastic festival. Given the weather conditions, everyone still had an amazing day.”

Rob Simpson, Chairman of Woodbridge Rugby Club added…

“We are thrilled our eleventh U7-U12 Rugby Festival has been so well supported yet again. Players from 7-12 attended from a wide of range of clubs across East Anglia and the Woodbridge Rugby Club Committee is very proud to be providing this opportunity to play Festival rugby for children who are starting their rugby journeys."

"I join Steve in thanking all the coaches and parents who made the trip to Woodbridge, the players who played with such spirit and in particular to the long list of volunteers at Woodbridge who helped to organise and run such a thoroughly enjoyable event.”

Woodbridge Rugby Club has an extensive Youth section with a growing membership of some 350 boys and girls – a record in the area. Its successful appeal to youngsters comes not only from the growing appeal of the game but also from its full schedule of fixtures and other events organised by a tireless group of parents and RFU qualified and CRB-checked coaches.