UR7s SA have today announced a game-changing schoolboy 7s tournament to be launched in Cape Town in September
The Nashua UR7s Schools Invitational will take at place at Hamilton’s Rugby Club in Cape Town, South Africa on the 2nd September 2017. This innovative and game-changing tournament, which is a first-of-its-kind in South Africa aims to promote the development of Sevens at schoolboy level and showcase some of the best skills, running rugby and future talent from around the Western Cape.
UR7s Global has successfully delivered large scales junior tournaments worldwide and will be carrying their global achievements to South Africa.
Tom Burwell, CEO of UR7s Global said,"This is incredibly exciting for UR7s SA and for the wider UR7s family. Our short term plan is to deliver a world class schoolboy 7s event both on and off the field in Cape Town, giving opportunities for players and coaches to gain important development opportunities. It's also important that parents, old-boys and spectators have an experience worthy of the weekend and we will be ensuring that the festival will both be family friendly but more importantly most enjoyable and entertaining from para-jumpers bringing in the match ball, to live-streaming, from the Farmers Market to the Old Boys Beer Garden, the festival will have something for everyone”
Burwell went on to say "We overjoyed to announce Nashua as the title partner for the tournament in 2017. The company has both a long history and involvement with rugby but also a real interest in the development of the next generation of sportsman but also students who grow into becoming pillars of community. The foundations of their outlook are very much inline with that of UR7s in South Africa and around the world and we look forward to working with them for this year and many years to come"
Finally Burwell quipped when asked a question about schoolboy tournaments around the world "Rosslyn Park is the big one globally with 500 plus teams but our plans are both exciting and with the support of Nashua and Nolands we might be biting at their heels before long"
In keeping with their current intensive development efforts through South Africa, Nashua will becoming on board to advance support for rugby and more specifically skills at grass roots level.
“Nashua is are thrilled to be involved in such an exciting and groundbreaking project – we are dedicated to skills development in sports, especially in the game of rugby, and look forward to a successful relationship with UR7’s Global, ” says Afrika Tau, Chief Sales Officer, Nashua.
Nolands has had a large influence in the indoor hockey space and have joined as a premium partner. Their aim to help realize the full potential of schoolboy Sevens.
This invitational tournament style tournament has been created with a major focus on development and the future stars of the World Series circuit in mind. From having pre-tournament development programs with schools, to on the day live coaching and “coach the coaches” sessions, to post-tournament All-star sessions the emphasis to teach the players and the schoolboy rugby community more about the game.
Competing teams will include traditional rugby powerhouses from across the Western Cape alongside development programs that have been identified as doing excellent work both in their communities and on the field developing young talent.
If the on field action is not enough for you, then the off field action will do the trick. There will be a farmers market and bespoke food village to get your hands on some of Cape Town’s finest foods. There’ll be an “Old Boys” beer garden where Old Boys and parents will be able to socialise and cheer on their local schools.
Major rugby nations such as New Zealand and the UK have long had major schoolboy 7s tournaments including the world's largest tournament in London, the Rosslyn Park School Boy 7s and in New Zealand, the Condor 7s. UR7s Global also host 80+ junior age-grade sides in May each year with 2018 set to be the 6th annual competition at Basingstoke Rugby Club.
If you aren’t based in Cape Town then no need to despair, as the main field with be live streamed for the duration of the day with big screens of the action also installed at Hamiltons.
This tournament is a stepping stone to greater things. UR7s South Africa aims to deliver world class schoolboy Sevens tournaments around South Africa supplemented by selective training academies. They are looking forward to doing their part in creating the future Blitzboks.
South Africa are the reigning World Series Champions after victory in 16/17 season whilst also winning gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and bronze at the Rio Olympics.
2018 is Rugby World Cup 7s season with the tournament taking place in San Francisco with South Africa aiming for further glory.
The Media launch for the Nashua Invitational festival will take place on August 16th at Hamiltons RFC including UR7s, sponsors, captains, coaches and other partners with all members of the extended media invited. If interviews are required, please request them in advance.
More details can be seen here on the UR7s South Africa dedicated website - http://ur7ssouthafrica.co.za/ur7sschoolsinvitational/
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