Monmouth RFC's seventh annual Young Rugby Festival took place on a packed Chippenham Fields on Sunday 5th October.
Sponsored once again by haart estate agents, this popular tournament has firmly established itself on the rugby calendar across the region and beyond.
Around 700 players from 15 clubs, making up 50 young rugby teams spanning age-groups U7s to U13s, entertained the crowds with a fine display of running rugby in the autumn sunshine.
Teams from as far afield as Wolverhampton, Dowlais, Pontyclun and Gwernyfed attended the event, as well as other local clubs from across the region. A big thank to all the visiting sides who helped make the day a huge success again this year.
The age-group tournament winners were;
Under 7s – Gwernyfedd
Under 8s – Croesyceiliog
Under 9s – Gwernyfedd
Under 10s – Monmouth and Abergavenny joint winners
Under 11s – Gwernyfedd
Under 12s – Pontyclun
Under 13s – Cwmbran
Participatory medals were awarded to all competitors, and trophies were presented to the winning teams by Newport Gwent Dragons players Joe Davies, Phil Price and Tyler Morgan, who spent the day posing for photos and signing kit for rugby fans young and old.
In his capacity as Wales Ambassador for SOS Kit-Aid, Graham received donations from clubs of old and unused sports kit, to be sent to young people all over the world who lack access to adequate sporting facilities and kit.
The profile of the event this year was boosted with the attendance of Sunshine Radio, which provided live links to the studio.
The organisers would also like to thank the army of volunteers, who gave up their day to support the event and not forgetting their long-time friends at Wye Media, Travis Perkins, Eagle Plant, DCM Roadways, the British Red Cross, DE Photos, PSM Sportswear and Neil James of Raglan.
The day was a wonderful showpiece for Mini and Junior Rugby and also helps provide much-needed funds for Monmouth Rugby Club via its Young Rugby section, to further develop the game for children and young people in the Monmouth area.