Time is running out for schools hoping to tackle the Redrow Sevens Series organised by Northampton Saints.
The award-wining housebuilder has teamed up with the Premiership club to sponsor its hugely popular age group Sevens Series.
Last year 140 schools and clubs took part and it’s expected that around 2,400 players across almost 200 schools and clubs will play in the 2018 tournament.
Now renamed Redrow Sevens Series, it’s open to teams across Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Suffolk.
Connor Fleming, head of community at Northampton Saints, said: “With Redrow’s support we’re developing our provision and making rugby more accessible to young people across six counties.
"We’ve had a great response and have seen an increase in schools signing up to take part in the Redrow Sevens Series. Saints Community Coaches have already started working with schools; and while most tournaments are full, there’s still time for some schools to get involved.
"The last few tournament spaces are still open across the East Midlands and Eastern Counties for U18’s, and for U13’s in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Buckinghamshire.”
Redrow’s Northampton-based South Midlands Division is active in many of the areas where teams taking part in the Redrow Sevens Series are based, including Northants, Cambs, Beds and Bucks, with several new developments planned in Oxfordshire.
John Mann, managing director for Redrow Homes (South Midlands), said: “The Sevens Series is a great way to encourage young people to take up sport, helping them to stay fit and active, while also developing their ability to work as a team and be part of the community.
"It’s pleasing to see that more schools and clubs than ever before are taking part this year and we look forward to presenting the winning team with the Redrow Series Trophy.”
The first event in the series is the Cambridgeshire Under-13s boys’ competition on Tuesday 6th March.
The Under-13s boys’ tournament for schools take place throughout March, culminating in the winners and runners up from each county competing for the Redrow Series Trophy at Franklin’s Gardens in April.
The Under-15s girls’ competition takes place in June, followed by the Under-13s boys club contest in August.