Northampton Saints has today announced the dates and venues for the 2017 Elite Insurance Schools Sevens Series.
Already nearly 100 schools have signed up to compete in the Series, which has become a fixture on the rugby calendar since its inception in 2013.
As with the the past two years there will be six regional tournaments for Under-13 boys teams held in Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire, with the winners and runners-up then heading to Franklin’s Gardens for Finals Day and the battle to lift the overall trophy.
2017 sees several new venues hosting regional tournaments, including the Royal Hospital School in Suffolk, Stowe School and The Perse School in Cambridge.
This spring will also see tournaments for Under-18 boys teams to be held in the East Midlands and Eastern Counties, with an Under-15 girls tournament being staged after the Easter holidays.
“We’re looking forward to the Elite Insurance Sevens Series,” says Saints community coach Will Parkin. “Last year we had over 200 schools take part across the three age groups and hopefully we’ll increase those numbers in 2017, especially with the feel-good factor in Sevens that came off the back of Team GB winning silver in Rio last summer.”
“This will be the first year that players who played in the first Under-13 Series will be eligible for the Under-18 Series,” added Barbara Bock, head of risk, internal audit and brand at Elite Insurance. “This shows not just that the Elite Insurance Sevens Series has had the long-term impact on Rugby Sevens that we wanted back in 2013, but also how entrenched the sport has come in the East of England.
“We’ve been delighted to see the growth of the Elite Insurance Sevens Series over the years, and we’re looking forward to seeing some more great action in 2017.”
School coaches who would like to enter their team into the Elite Insurance Sevens Series can do so by emailing Will Parkin – firstname.lastname@example.org. This is the same email address for schools who would like to book specialist Sevens sessions with Northampton Saints community coaches.
Under-13 Boys Series
The Perse School
Royal Hospital School
Bedford Athletic RFC
Under-18 Boys Series
Under-13 Elite Insurance Schools Sevens Winners Roll of Honour
2013 – Northampton School for Boys
2014 – Northampton School for Boys
2015 – The Perse School
2016 – The Perse School and KES Stratford