On 19 November, over 300 children, along with their supporters, visited Christ’s Hospital for a Minis Rugby Festival organised by the School’s Director of Rugby, Ian Davies.
The Festival attracted 10 different clubs, from Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire, and was a chance for the clubs to experience Christ’s Hospital’s fabulous grounds. The 300 boys and girls demonstrated some fantastic rugby skills in near perfect conditions, in terms of both weather and playing surfaces. There were three separate levels of competition, seeing the under 9s, and under 10s ‘A’ and ‘B’ strands playing a combined total of over 70 matches over the course of the morning. At the close of the Festival, all players were presented with a souvenir gift of their visit to the School and, organisers hope, left with some lasting impressions.
One of the visiting coaches summed up the day from his and the team’s point of view:
“Thank you Christ’s Hospital for hosting an excellent minis rugby festival last weekend. Our Under 9 and Under 10 boys and girls were extremely excited to be playing on the immaculate pitches on which Joe Launchbury once marauded. This combined with the spectacular surrounds and the rare opportunity for the Surrey clubs to play teams from Sussex and Hampshire ensured for an especially memorable morning of rugby. Ian Davies and his cheerful band of staff and senior pupils created an atmosphere which prompted healthy and harmonious competition in an event which proved to be an excellent advert for the benefits of the new rules of play.” (Rorie Whybro, Farnham RFC)