Lucky Number Seven
Border City Sevens
Saturday the 29th of June is shaping up to be a historic day for Cumbrian Rugby as the innagural Border City Sevens tournament kicks off.
Carlisle Rugby Union Club will host 12 teams from across the North of England and Scotland in a winner takes all tournament as clubs vie for the BC7’s Trophy.
The players take to the field on Saturday but the party begins on the Friday night with three local bands playing from 6:30-11:30pm.
While the action on the field is the primary draw, the club have gone all out to make the event a family friendly fun weekend. As well as a food and beer festival, musicians will keep the crowds entertained and a range of childrens activities that include giant inflatables and face painting will keep the kids happy too. The Club aim to make this festival a highlight on the Cumbrian rugby calendar.
Rugby sevens is a faster, far more free flowing game than the normal fifteen a side game. It’s generally played by the leaner, fitter players who are able to utilise the extra space on the field.Sevens players require a greater level of fitness, the focus of the game is less about contact and more about making the most of the available space on the field and creating overlaps.
The popularity of rugby sevens has continually grown and it was recently included as an Olympic sport in Rio in 2016.
Sevens scores are comparable to regular rugby scores but points occur much more frequently, since the defenders are more spaced out. With only seven minute halves that makes a match an exciting affair and the shorter game allows tournaments to be completed in a day.Sevens tournaments are traditionally known for having a relaxed mood which creates a great atmosphere for spectators.
“We are looking to build a festival spirit,” said organiser Barry Earl. ”The Scottish Borders has long been recognised for its sevens circuit and we felt Cumbrian teams did not have a quality competition in our region. This is the first time we’ve held this tournament but we plan to make it an annual event. We want this tournament to grow over the years and become the flagship Sevens tournament in Cumbria and North of England.”
The first match will kick off at midday and the winner of the BC&’s Trophy and Plate will be known before 7pm that evening. While the players entertain on the field there will also be a lot of action off it. Kirkup Butchers and Border Catering will make sure everyone has their fill of fish and chips, curry, BBQ and stonebaked pizzas. The rugby club is keen to ensure local beers and ciders are the stars when it comes to the beer festival and are mainly being supplied by Corby Brewery and Heskett Newmarket.
The events main sponsors will be Thomas Graham and Lamont Pridmore who are both current supporters of the club.
“Both firms are excited by the potential of the festival and we look forward to growing our partnership with them.” explained Barry. “It’s going to be a great day for your average rugby fan but we’ve made sure that there is something for everyone by including Food, Drink and Music, what could be better on a warm summer day? With great music from local entertainers along with children’s activities it’s going to be a fun family orientated day.”
Get in quickly and you will pick up an early bird ticket for £15 that is good for both days of the festival, under 18s are free. The event will be cashless with customers able to buy tokens which can be exchanged for beer, food, activities etc. Tickets can be purchased over the bar in the Clubhouse or online using the clubs website.
For information and to book tickets visit www.pitchero.com/clubs/carlislerugby