Rugby young­sters take part in Tigers cup event

Manu Tuilagi came along to of­fer sup­port

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

YOUNG­STERS from Mar­ket Bos­worth RFC played a part in cre­at­ing his­tory as they par­tic­i­pated in the Land Rover Pre­mier­ship Rugby Cup, hosted by Le­ices­ter Tigers.

Since be­ing launched dur­ing the 2008-09 sea­son, the na­tion­wide grass­roots rugby event has seen more than 70,000 chil­dren take part.

This sea­son sees the tenth an­niver­sary edi­tion of the event – the ‘Tes­ti­mo­nial Sea­son’ – with Tigers host­ing their fes­ti­val at Oakham RFC.

Mar­ket Bos­worth Un­der-11s were one of 36 Un­der-11 and Un­der-12 teams in at­ten­dance, and even got the chance to strut their stuff in front of Tigers play­ers Manu Tuilagi and Matt Smith, who were cast­ing their eyes over the next gen­er­a­tion of stars at the event.

And while they missed out on the chance to at­tend next May’s Aviva Pre­mier­ship Rugby Fi­nal, de­spite their dis­play­ing plenty of skill and ef­fort, 11-year-old Harry Kennedy in­sisted he had loved ev­ery minute of the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The tour­na­ment was quite a chal­lenge but we put all our ef­fort into it to try and nail it,” said the Conger­ston Pri­mary School pupil, who lives in Twycross.

“Rugby is a re­ally fun sport, I love be­ing with my mates and get­ting ready for a game.

“I’m a Le­ices­ter Tigers fan so it was fan­tas­tic that the play­ers came down here, get­ting the chance to meet them was amaz­ing.”

Teams from across the county will com­pete at var­i­ous fes­ti­vals hosted by the 12 Aviva Pre­mier­ship Rugby clubs this sea­son, with the op­por­tu­nity to earn a trip to the Aviva Pre­mier­ship Rugby Fi­nal on May 26.

There they will meet a Land Rover rugby am­bas­sador, join in a Land Rover Pre­mier­ship Rugby Cup Pa­rade at half-time and hear which of them has won a club MVP award.

Mar­ket Bos­worth did at least get the chance to rub shoul­ders with rugby’s elite in Tuilagi and Smith, and the for­mer ad­mit­ted he had been im­pressed with what he had seen, in par­tic­u­lar stress­ing the im­por­tance of grass­roots rugby.

“It’s very im­por­tant to get the kids in­volved in tour­na­ments like this, the younger the bet­ter,” he said.

“It’s good for them to learn the skills and de­velop their game as young as pos­si­ble.

“I re­mem­ber play­ing in sim­i­lar tour­na­ments and you learn a lot at that young age.

“It’s the most im­por­tant time to de­velop their game.”

Land Rover is cel­e­brat­ing its ‘Tes­ti­mo­nial Sea­son’; 10 years of the Land Rover Pre­mier­ship Rugby Cup.

The na­tional se­ries of grass­roots rugby fes­ti­vals is tes­ta­ment to Land Rover’s con­tin­ued sup­port of grass­roots rugby through its ‘ We Deal In Real’ cam­paign. Fol­low @LandRoverRugby #WeDealInReal

The Mar­ket Bos­worth side. Pic­ture: Sports­beat/ Ian Longth­orne

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