It was the first year ever for IAPS to organise U11 rugby festivals.
U11 Rugby Festival, Littlegarth
Littlegarth School in Nayland, Colchester hosted the very first U11 IAPS Rugby Festival on Wednesday, 8 November. The festival took the form of a five match group stage and then a sixth tiered match.
Twelve teams from around the country took part. St Mary’s Hall took the prize for the longest trip to Essex having travelled down from Lancashire – a round trip of over 500 miles.
It was a great afternoon for everyone involved; educational, competitive and fun. It was easy to forget that the students taking part were all U11's because the skills on show were fantastic - there were some clear rugby stars of the future.
U11 Rugby Festival, Truro Prep
Truro Prep School hosted its first ever IAPS Rugby Festival on Wednesday, 15 November. As well as the Truro Prep teams, Plymouth College and Mount Kelly took part in the event with five teams playing in a round robin festival.
The standard of play from all teams was of a high calibre, with fast flowing handling, strong running and ferocious tackling. The spirit of enjoyment and sportsmanship flowed throughout the day, with RFU Coach Educators, Phil Morris and Neil Smith, ensuring that the games were refereed in a way to encourage this.
There was also a large turnout of supporting parents who received a warm welcome from the prep school, not least due to the collaboration of the FTS and the schools facilities’ staff providing refreshments on the sideline.
We would like to thank Littlegarth and Truro Prep for kindly hosting the two rugby festivals. Thanks also go to both Keith Dawes and Josh Lord for organising the events.
The full list of results can be found here.