- Annual tournament in Sussex keeps on growing
- Teamwork, communication and banter play their part
Photo: RFU Archive
West Wittering Beach in West Sussex played host to the annual Under-19 Mixed Beach Tag Rugby Tournament, a BCS National event bringing colleges together to play some tightly contested beach rugby matches.
Eighteen teams were present, from the nearby Chichester College who are past winners to colleges as far afield as Birmingham and East London. The mixed format allowed male and female students to play alongside each other in a friendly yet positively competitive environment.
The tournament consisted of two round robin pools, with the top two teams going through to the knock-out stages. The weather ranged from cold and windy to bright sunshine, the enthusiastic mood of the players remained constant, enjoying one another’s company, cheering and having pitchside banter.
Eventual winners Worthing were able to enter two teams, because of the growing interest and excitement for the girls’ game at the college.
Worthing A made it through to the Cup final with wins over Angmering, Shoreham Academy, Itchen College and Christ Hospital. In the final against last year’s champions Birmingham Met A it was a close contest but Worthing won 15-0 with Jade Widdows scoring a memorable try in the corner.
The Plate Final was fought between Chichester High School and South Downs College with South Downs victorious.
The event continues to grow, and it helps to ensure that young people’s interest and involvement in sport is sustained, with a particular accent on England hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2015.
Thanks went to the coaches, RFU volunteers and organisers for a fantastic and entertaining event, to the players for their spirit, maturity and admirable attitude throughout the day. And to everyone who work at West Wittering Beach Estate, Chichester District Council, Chichester College, the RFU and associated sponsors, for enabling this successful event to take place.
Mark Rugman, Worthing College women’s rugby coach, said: “The result for both our teams shows the strength and depth the college has in both the male and female games.
“With performances such as these, plus the exciting news that the college has gained RFUW AASE accreditation means there is exciting times ahead for our women’s rugby Academy.”