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Saints Schools Cup applications launch for 2023

The Saints Schools Cup – launched ahead of the 2022/23 season – sees hundreds of schools come together from across the region to compete for the newest piece of silverware – and applications are now open for the 2023 tournament alongside a brand-new training programme. 

Extending Northampton Saints’ offering to local schools and spreading the game of rugby further throughout the region, the Saints Schools Cup saw over 1,000 children come together last season from 250 schools across Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, and North Essex to compete across ten regional tournaments. 

And the Schools Cup – that takes place throughout June this year – culminates in 20 schools meeting for Finals Day at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens to decide the inaugural nominated winners, selected for showing outstanding rugby values throughout the competition.

The programme is open to primary school children in Years 5 and 6, and will see local schools compete in a series of tag rugby festivals, showcasing the rugby skills learned in PE lessons – as part of their regular curriculum or Saints’ other popular school programme, Saints in the Schools – while also being introduced to grassroots club rugby.

And new for 2023, Saints’ Community team will be offering schools the chance to receive a six-week training course prior to the tournament – costing just £250 (+ VAT) for a package of rugby coaching and entry into the competition* as well as supporting schools’ attainment towards the five key indicators for Primary Sports Premium Funding. 

For more information on the training package or to book your place for the six-week course, please email [email protected]

Dates: Saints Schools Cup 2023


Tuesday 6 June 2023
Corby, Oundle & Thrapston – Stewart & Lloyds RFC

Wednesday 7 June 2023
Wellingborough – Rushden & Higham RFC

Thursday 8 June 2023
Daventry & South Northants – Bugbrooke RFC

Friday 9 June 2023
Northampton – Old Northamptonians RFC

Monday 12 June 2023
Kettering – Kettering RFC

Tuesday 13 June 2023
Cambridgeshire – Shelford RFC

Wednesday 14 June 2023
Suffolk – Ipswich RFC
Milton Keynes – Milton Keynes RUFC

Thursday 15 June 2023
North Essex – Colchester RFC
Peterborough – Peterborough RFC

Friday 30 June 2023 at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens

If you’re interested in getting involved in the Saints Schools Cup in 2023, please fill in the form HERE. Entry to the tournament is FREE for schools taking part in Saints in the Schools in 2022/23 – with entries from new schools subject to a small fee**.

For more information on all the school programmes Saints’ Community Team offer, please email [email protected]

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*Training package only available to schools in Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. 
**A £25 (+ VAT) non-refundable deposit will be required to secure entry for schools not yet engaged in the Saints in the Schools programme. 

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