UR7s Championships return on weekend of May 13th/14th at Basingstoke RFC 2017
In 2017, the UR7s Championships expand to include Men and Women alongside it's very successful Junior Championships including 5 age-groups and will take place on the weekend of 13th/14th May at Basingstoke RFC.
- Senior Men & Women's plus Men's Social - May 13th
- U13, U14, U15, U16 & U17 boys - May 14th
The Championships will be featured on UR7s TV and once again Academy coaches, international 7s players and coaches will be on-site to help with the development of teams, players and coaches throughout the Junior Champs.
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UR7s Men's and Women's Championships
For the first time ever, UR7s will be hosting Men's Open (16 teams) & Social (16 teams) competitions and a Women's open tournament (12 teams) alongside a mixed Volleyball social tournament on the fields of Basingstoke RFC in Hampshire.
The UR7s Junior Champs has been very successful and UR7s wants to continue it's support of all levels of the game of 7s by hosting a top quality 7s tournament for Men and Women's Open & Social teams including great fun, an awesome atmosphere and coaching clinics for sides taking part if they are welcomed from International 7s players and coaches!
Alongside the rugby will be a firing BBQ, a beer tent and fun and games for the family in an atmosphere that is welcome for all including a farmers market and children's play area.
With cash prizes for cup winning teams as well as signed shirts and tickets for 7s events, it's sure to be one of the 7s festivals to put in the diary for the summer following rugby's entrance into the Olympics!
We will also be welcoming a Crossfit Competition Demonstration with competitions for players and supporters to take part in across the day.
International 7s players will be on hand to host warm-ups before knockout fixtures and half-time team talks hoping to give a little insight into their own experiences and helping where thy can.
There will also be a KeyNote Speech in the afternoon from an Olympic and adventurer as they take questions from the floor and talk about some of their experiences.
UR7s Junior Championships for Girls and Boys
UR7s will be hosting the fifth annual Junior Championships at Basingstoke RFC following the success of 2013 & 2014 tournaments held at Newbury RFC on the the Sunday 14th May for all entrants from clubs, schools and Invitational sides from across the country. In a different twist from traditional tournaments, UR7s is giving all sides the chance to compete against one another rather than with separate schools and club competitions.
With competitions at U13, U14, U15, U16 & U17 age-groups the tournament is sure to have a high level of action packed rugby 7s action with teams using the tournament as both an opportunity to demonstrate their 7s skills but also as a development tool for the XVs season.
A return to Basingstoke RFC in 2017
Basingstoke RFC has a strong tradition of hosting top class rugby with top level facilities and excellent support from the club, the championships is looking forward to taking place at the club for the first time following two successful years at Newbury RFC.
UR7s CEO said 'We had two brilliant years at Newbury Rugby Club but we have made the decision to move down the road to Basingstoke due to the support of the Hampshire club. The facilities are second to none with the club experienced in hosting top class events, we are very much looking forward to the third annual UR7s Junior Championships'
"2013 & 14 were great. The tournament was a real success with Old Ruts beating Guildford in a great final at U14 and a Wales Development side beating Hampshire at U18 in 2013 with Witney, Guildford and Samurai winning in 2014. This year the tournament is going to be bigger and better than ever featuring more age-groups"
"2015 & 2016 were the biggest tournaments yet with 5 age-groups and 5 great winners. We are excited that 2017 will be our biggest tournament yet with the same 5 age-groups but expanded numbers at U14 & U15"
Previous winners included: New Milton, Samurai Bulldogs, Racing Lagos, Cowbridge, Salisbury, Guildford, Colchester, Witney, Hungerford, Wales U18s,
World Class Coaching for all teams taking part
Finally Burwell went on to talk about an exciting element of the tournament 'Due to our position both globally and in the UK through both UR7s and the UR7s Academy we will be inviting a number of international players and coaches to the tournament where they will take 15 minute training sessions with the sides attending and take the team-talks in the latter stages of the games. This will give players and coaches the chance to learn from the very best in the world. The UR7s coaches will also be on hand to help out where needed to guarantee the best quality of 7s. It's going to be a great day'
Each age-group will feature 12 teams with U14s and U15s now featuring 16 teams played across the 5 quality fields at Basingstoke RFC with the BBQ and the bar open all day with many recognisable faces from the world of rugby taking in the action it's a chance for the future stars to make their mark in a tournament that is expected only to grow in the future.
For the first time ever we will also be hosting 'Coach the Coach' Session for all of the coaches involved in the day plus any parents that would like to take part with our Olympic rugby 7s coaches.
UR7s Merchandise will be on sale for the first time ever at the 'stash store"