Rugby festival heads to the borough

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One of the largest festivals of junior rugby is taking place in the borough.

More than 700 children took part in the first festival held in 2012 – originally known as the North Tyneside Festival.

Now more than 1,300 children take part in the event, which has been renamed the Friendly Festival and will involve players from Under 6 to Under 16, while for the first time will incorporate women and girls games.

It will take place on October 5.

Glenn Forster, part of the Festival Overhead Team, said: “With support from Northumberland Rugby Union and the Rugby Football Union (RFU), the Friendly Festival is expected to attract 3,000 players from around Northumberland and Tyneside.”

The Festival is purely a ‘celebration of rugby’ with the emphasis firmly on enjoyment and whilst all of the children will play competitive rugby, there will no recording of scores and no overall winners.

In addition to Percy Park RFC and Whitley Bay Rockcliff RFC this year’s host venues are Norham High School, Wallsend RFC, Seghill RFC, North Shields RFC, and Foxhunters Playing Fields.