Excitement grows for Chichester Festival of Rugby

Action from a schools tournament held at Chi RFC last year / Picture by Derek Martin
Action from a schools tournament held at Chi RFC last year / Picture by Derek Martin

Excitement is growing for the Chichester Festival of Rugby, now only a fortnight away.

It is a joint initiative between Chichester Rugby Club, Chichester College and Chichester High School.

The event comprises a weekend of rugby starting on Friday, June 10, with a primary school competition being held at Chichester High School, with a college beach rugby event the same day at West Wittering.

On Saturday 11, Chichester RFC host a fancy-dress tag competition at West Wittering – the theme for this year is When in Rio. On Sunday 12 at the high school there is the final competition of the weekend in aid of the Ian Thorn foundation, in memory of a much-loved teacher and rugby coach who died.

CRFC’s Ben Bulpett said: “The idea behind the event is to bring rugby to a wider audience and show that it is a game for all seasons.

“The organising committee want to get as many new people playing touch rugby or coming along to support the teams.

The idea behind the event is to bring rugby to a wider audience and show that it is a game for all seasons.

Ben Bulpett of CRFC

“With England winning the Six Nations there is a strong push to get more people participating in the game, whether as a player, coach, referee or just helping out at a local club or college.

“We hope that the citizens of Chichester and West Wittering will embrace the event and come along to support the teams.”

To get involved in the college’s beach event on the Friday, contact Mark Bonar on 01243 530332, for Saturday’ fun at West Wittering, call Ben Bulpett on 07765 996947, or to find out more about Sunday’s event, contact Sara Longman on 01243 787691.

Watch out for full coverage of the event in the June 16 edition of the Observer.

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