Veterans award 2006/07
Eastern Counties RFU
Eastern Counties CB developed the idea of 40-minute floodlit rugby to establish a Veterans competition in Suffolk, with the emphasis on participation and enjoyment. Although Suffolk has only eighteen clubs, the floodlit veteran’s rugby competition proved hugely successful with half of the clubs signing up.
Games are played midweek, once a month, from September to April. The shortened game format has proved hugely successful in enticing players back to the game, giving older players midweek games for their club and encouraging parents of youth and mini players to have a go. Players taking part in the midweek competition talk enthusiastically about how fun it is to their opposition on Saturdays, so much so that other clubs are keen to get involved. As a result, plans are in motion to extend the competition to Norfolk and Cambridgeshire this season.