Lydney U12s triumph at Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup hosted by Gloucester Rugby
Gloucester Rugby hosted an exciting under-11 and under-12 grassroots developmental festival at the weekend as the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup returned.
This successful series of nationwide events, now running for more than a decade, has seen more than 82,000 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 Lydney U12s victorious, showing great spirit right up until the final whistle to earn a trip to the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final on June 1, where they will meet a Land Rover rugby ambassador, and join in a Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup Parade at half-time.
And new for this season, Land Rover will be introducing the Junior Land Rover Discovery of The Season award, which is intended to identify and reward one youngster who has showcased the values of rugby during the tournament.
Charlie Beddis, from Lydney U12s, was excited to be there on the day and thanked Gloucester Rugby for giving him a special day at Rugby HQ to look forward too.
“I’m very proud of my team, that we managed to win today,” he said.
“We did everything perfect today. We played as a team, we rucked very well, we passed great, scored our tries.
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“It’s amazing to go to Twickenham. It’s a lifetime experience because not many people get to play professionally and go to Twickenham and walk around the pitch, so it’ll be amazing.”
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.
And joining Lydney U12s at Twickenham will be Lydney U11s with 10-year-old Bailey Price now counting down the days until the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final.
“It’s really exciting to go to Twickenham, because we never thought we’d get picked, but when he pulled it out we were really surprised. We can’t wait to tell all our teammates,” he said.
Participating players at the festival also had the opportunity to meet Gloucester Rugby player Charlie Sharples who took time out of his schedule to watch the young teams as well as offer some coaching tips between games.
And he commented on the importance of grassroots rugby, saying: “It’s massive, isn’t it.
“I remember going along to festivals myself with mini rugby. They were lucky that the weather came out in February – that made it a little bit nicer for everyone.
“It’s just great to see so many local clubs competing and so many kids all here. I think a good day was had by all.
“It’s about the enjoyment and enjoying playing rugby. Trying to get as many kids to play rugby for as long as possible, because that’s how the game is going to grow.
“Boys, girls of all ages – that’s what we want: everyone playing the sport”
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