Rugby youngsters take part in Tigers cup event
Manu Tuilagi came along to offer support
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