Stourbridge youngsters book Twickenham spot at Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup
Worcester Warriors hosted an exciting under-11 and under-12 grassroots developmental festival this weekend as the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup celebrates ten successful seasons.
This successful series of nationwide events, now in its tenth season, has seen more than 70,000 children take part to date and continues to grow, providing developmental experience for young players to excel in a professionally run environment.
The under-12 competition was a fantastic spectacle for those in attendance with the highly competitive fixtures providing a meaningful platform for youngsters to develop their rugby skills.
It was a competition to watch with Stourbridge under-12s victorious, showing great spirit right up until the final whistle to earn a trip to the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final on May 26, where 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.
Tate Skinner and Jamie Kelly from Stourbridge were excited to be there on the day and thanked Worcester for giving them a special day at Rugby HQ to look forward to.
“It was a really tough, competitive final. Evesham are a really good team and it went right down to extra time as well,” said Jamie, an 11-year-old Redhill School pupil.
“We had to deal with the pressure and just play our hardest. It’s amazing that we’re going to go to the Premiership final.”
“It just feels great,” added 12-year-old Tate, who goes to Old Swinford Hospital School. “The game was tough and really competitive.
“Going to the Premiership final at Twickenham will be brilliant, I can’t really believe it’s going to happen.”
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In the under-11 festival all teams displayed fantastic resolve and demonstrated the core values of the game throughout: teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship.
Participating players at the festival also had the opportunity to meet a host of Worcester stars, including Matt Cox and Tom Howe, who took time out of their schedule to watch the young teams.
And Cox commented on the importance of grassroots rugby, saying: “I remember doing these kinds of tournaments when I was younger, being a local lad up at Woodrush, only 20 minutes away from here.
“It’s great when you’re a kid because you get to play against teams who you wouldn’t normally get to play.
“It’s a great day out and the kids love it. You remember days like these because you have such a good time at them.
“But seeing the youngsters play, I can never remember being that good. It helps evolve their ability and their knowledge of the game — in five years they’ll probably be taking my job!”
For more information on the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup please visit: www.premiershiprugby.com/landrovercup