Tenth birth­day for fund-rais­ing fes­ti­val

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS - PETE WAR­RING­TON peter.war­ring­ton@reach­plc.com

ROB­BIE’S Rugby Fes­ti­val is to cel­e­brate its 10th an­niver­sary this sum­mer by hold­ing a spe­cial event to take place af­ter the char­ity rugby tour­na­ment.

The fes­ti­val will take place on Satur­day, July 28, tak­ing over Lough­bor­ough Gram­mar School Play­ing Fields, and is ex­pected to raise record break­ing fig­ures for the Rob­bie An­der­son Can­cer Trust and The Jake McCarthy Foun­da­tion.

Ge­orgie Fowle, the or­gan­iser of Rob­bie’s Rugby Fes­ti­val, said: “We are im­mensely proud of the legacy Rob­bie’s Rugby Fes­ti­val has and can­not thank our sup­port­ers enough. Their con­tin­ued gen­eros­ity has en­abled Rob­bie’s Rugby Fes­ti­val to make a real dif­fer­ence to those af­fected by can­cer.

“This year we will be cel­e­brat­ing our 10th an­niver­sary. To mark this mile­stone, we are or­gan­is­ing The Festiball, an even­ing of fun and en­ter­tain­ment which must not be missed! We are very much look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing fa­mil­iar faces and new­com­ers alike as we hope to smash pre­vi­ous year’s fig­ures and keep sup­port­ing our char­i­ties to con­tinue their vi­tal work.”

Rob­bie’s Rugby Fes­ti­val is now the largest 10s rugby tour­na­ment in the Mid­lands, at­tract­ing 30 teams and thou­sands of spec­ta­tors, rais­ing more than £61,400 for the char­i­ties who take in­spi­ra­tion from Rob­bie An­der­son and Jake McCarthy, young boys who dev­as­tat­ingly lost their lives to can­cer.

Visi­tors can ex­pect a thrilling day of rugby ac­tion, com­bined with pitch side fam­ily fun. “The Sum­mer Gar­den” spon­sored by Restora­tion UK will bring the un­mis­take­able taste of the great Bri­tish sum­mer with jugs of Pimms, a fab­u­lous gin bar, BBQ, raf­fle and af­ter­noon tea stand. The Rugby Vil­lage spon­sored by Charn­wood Brew­ery will be the hub of the rugby ac­tion, hous­ing not only an out­side bar, but physio tent, hot tub, face-paint­ing, ice­cream van and wa­ter tent.

Fol­low­ing a full day of pitch ac­tion, fes­ti­val­go­ers are in­vited to cel­e­brate a decade of Rob­bie’s Rugby Fes­ti­val by at­tend­ing the Festiball. Cel­e­bra­tions will in­clude a drinks re­cep­tion, din­ner, dessert sta­tions, nu­mer­ous char­i­ta­ble ac­tiv­i­ties, live mu­sic and photo booths as well as an ex­cit­ing line up of en­ter­tain­ment. In­di­vid­ual tick­ets are avail­able at £60 and ta­bles of 8, 10 and 12 are avail­able, priced from £440.

Team en­try is now open, and a va­ri­ety of spon­sor­ship pack­ages are avail­able. For more de­tails and to book tick­ets visit: www. rob­bies­rug­byfes­ti­val.com

Peo­ple are pic­tured at last year’s event. Pic­ture by Sa­muel Wa­ters Pho­tog­ra­phy

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