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Full steam ahead for mini rugby in Middlesex

Posted on 8 March 2016

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Full steam ahead for mini rugby in Middlesex

Post Date:   8th March 2016


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The Middlesex Minis Festivals got off to a storming start this weekend, with Rosslyn Park hosting a festival for the U8s and Teddington opening its doors to a flood of enthusiastic U7s, all raring to take to the pitches in the beautiful surroundings of Bushy Park.

More than 30 clubs participated at both festivals, with the number of minis taking part too high to count. In all, around 1000 people converged in Bushy Park to watch the U7s compete in pool and knock out rounds, with each team playing a minimum of three games each. This was due to its third festival on consecutive weekends for Teddington, had it not been for rain washing out the first one, but for minis chairman Julian Knott this would have been no problem. Teddington has one of the strongest minis sections in the country, with over 100 RFU qualified coaches committed to providing a fun environment for the children to play rugby, developing their children’s skills to prepare them for junior rugby.

minis  U7s at Teddington

Meanwhile over in Roehampton participation numbers were similarly impressive. Asked whether minis rugby is

continuing to thrive despite recent concerns raised over contact rugby, festival organiser Waheed Aslam confirmed “In short, yes. This year I had to order significantly more medals for the winners. Speaking for his own club, Wasps, Aslam adds “At Wasps we have seen an uptake in numbers right across the age groups, including the Stingers (U6s), where we now have over 80 players registered from a start point of 20.”

Knott added, “There were a lot of tired and happy people in the bar after the festival. The children who participated all went home with a smile on their face that should keep the in rugby for a long time!”

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The U9s will converge at Wasps ground at Twyford Avenue on Sunday 13th March whilst the U10s will be playing at Ruislip. The festivals conclude the following Sunday the U11s at Ealing Trailfinders and the U12s Twyford Avenue.

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