Already in the second season of a four-year sponsorship of the Elite Insurance Sevens Series, a unique tournament for Under-13 school teams in the Saints Academy region, the company is now also supporting a brand new competition, the Elite Insurance Club Sevens.
This tournament is for Under-13 club teams in Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. Following a similar format to its schools counterpart, the winners and runners-up of each regional Elite Insurance Club Sevens tournament will head to Franklin’s Gardens to battle it out for the right to be named overall champions.
The finals will be held on Friday, August 1st, ahead of the Northampton leg of the 2014 Premiership Rugby Sevens Series, making Franklin’s Gardens a centre of attention for the Olympic version of the sport!
Dates and locations for the regional tournaments are as follows:
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE Olney RFC; Monday, April 14th
SUFFOLK Colchester RFC; Wednesday, April 16th
CAMBRIDGESHIRE Cambridge RFC; Wednesday, April 23rd
BEDFORDSHIRE Dunstablians RFC; Tuesday, April 29th
FINALS DAY Franklin’s Gardens; Friday, August 1st
Each tournament takes place in the evening of the relevant date.
Clubs wishing to enter can do so by emailing Will Parkin from the Saints community team – [email protected]
The Elite Insurance Sevens Series has gone from strength to strength in its first two years, with over 45 schools competing in 2014. And Elite’s chief executive, Jason Smart, believes that the Club Sevens can follow suit.
“We’ve been delighted to see how quickly the Elite Insurance Sevens Series has become a highlight for the schools that have taken part and the positive feedback that the tournament has had from coaches and players,” he said. “This is down to the hard work of the Saints’ community team, who have all put in many hours behind the scenes to make the Series a success.
“We had no hesitation in getting behind the Club Sevens, which gives more established teams the opportunity to compete against each other and develop their Sevens skills in the process, and are sure that this competition will also become a focal point of the calendar for clubs across the East of England.”
The Elite Insurance Club Sevens is the latest in the wide range of age group tournaments organised by Northampton Saints. Over the course of a season thousands of young rugby players in age groups ranging from Under-7s to Under-16s descend on Franklin’s Gardens on first team match days, with trophies and medals handed out on the main pitch during the half-time interval of that day’s Saints game.
One of the club’s Elite Sponsors, Elite Insurance is dedicated to supporting youth rugby in the Eastern Counties and East Midlands, and after a successful inaugural Sevens Series in 2013 the company committed itself to a further three years of sponsorship of this unique Under-13 schools rugby competition.
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