The London Irish Community team held their first festival of the year this past weekend, with teams in the U11 and U12 age groups descending on Hazelwood to take part in the Land Rover Cup.

Clubs from the local areas, including Hammersmith & Fulham RFC, Windsor RFC, Bracknell RFC and Maidenhead RFC, tested their skills against each other on a day that was packed full of high-quality rugby.

“A huge thank you to everyone at London Irish for hosting such a perfect day of rugby for these young players” said Neil Hempsall, Barnes U12 Lead Coach.

“They set the ambience and ethos of enjoyment perfectly and we all agreed that this season could not have ended in a better way.”

This was the first festival held by the Club since the Covid-19 outbreak, and all players, coaches, referees, and staff did their upmost to ensure that the day was an enjoyable and safe environment for all involved.

“I can’t thank Saturday’s attendees enough” said Mathew Heeks, Head of Community.

“Everyone followed the guidelines closely and that meant that the day could be a big success.

“The standard of rugby, as always, was great and more importantly, the respect between teams, both on and off the field, was exemplary. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!”

Whilst the Land Rover Cup was non-competitive, both Alton RFC U11 and Barnes U12 were commended for demonstrating the values of the game the most and will be sent a special prize!

For information on future festivals, please email [email protected]

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