Friday, 30 May 2008

All roads lead to ... Bournemouth?

A new event on the sevens landscape this year (nay, this weekend) is the much anticipated Bournemouth Sevens, coming to a sports complex near you (if you live near Bournemouth that is).

The event is the brainchild of former ruby player Roger Woodall who realised there was a unique opportunity in England to create a 2 day festival on par with world tournaments such as Dubai, Hong Kong, and Amsterdam. His goal is to make this annual festival the largest in Europe appealing to everyone from all ages.

With 16 teams competing for the National Invitation Cup, 32 teams fighting it out for the Nintendo Open Cup, 16 teams competing for the Ladies Cup, 16 teams playing for the South West Cup and a further 16 teams not that bothered about the Beer Cup (unless it's full of course) the event is obviously going to be on a quite enormous scale.

And as well as the rugby there will also be a netball festival, live bands, cheerleaders, a pitchside jacuzzi, a huge beer marquee and much, much more. Set within 65 acres of picturesque grounds and a capacity to cater for 10,000 people each day, the event also boasts its own camp-site for 3000 people.

It sounds like it might just be a fantastic weekend for all involved - although I wouldn't fancy having to go into work on Monday morning after all that.

My only gripe? No Veterans competition - not that we'd want to play sevens, of course, but perhaps a gentle tens tournament next year for us old geezers please?

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