South West Girls Rugby


South West girls compete in regional HSBC Festival
Girls from across the South West will this week compete for glory in the HSBC Regional Girls Festival for Year 7 and Under 15s at Broad Plain RFC.

The Bristol club will host the event on Wednesday March 11th in conjunction with the Rugby Football Union, Rugby Football Union for Women and HSBC.

James Farndon, the RFU's Bristol & District Rugby Development Officer, said: "This will be a great opportunity for girls to play against others from across the South West. It promises to be a great experience for all those involved. Broad Plain is a first class facility and the members of the club continue to offer first class hospitality to visitors to the club."

In the Year 7 tournament, schools competing are: Castle School (Bristol/Gloucestershire), Bradley Stoke Community School (Bristol/Gloucestershire), Avon Valley School (Dorset & Wilts), Dartmouth College (Devon), Newquay Tretherras School (Cornwall), Liskeard School (Cornwall), Tavistock College (Devon) and Hugh Sexey Middle School (Somerset).

In the Under 15s competition, Oasis Academy Brigstowe (Bristol/Gloucestershire), a school from Somerset (TBC), Bournemouth School for Girls (Dorset & Wilts), Tavistock College (Devon) and Newquay Tretherras School (Cornwall) will all be in action.

This festival, which is one of many being staged across the country, is supported by HSBC, the Principal Partner of the British & Irish Lions Tour to South Africa in 2009.

This is the first time that a grass roots campaign spans all four home unions, as well as South Africa. The programme will reach more than 60,000 school children and 3,000 teachers and coaches across 300 youth festivals in the UK and Ireland and form strong cultural links with schools in South Africa.

In England, the HSBC Rugby Festivals will incorporate the existing RFU Emerging Schools programme that comprises more than 150 individual events. Young players take part in Under-12, 13 and 14 categories at local, county and regional festivals before a national finals day staged at Staines RFC. The top teams meet on the pitch at Twickenham, in front of a 40,000 crowd on the day of the annual Army v Navy match in May.

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