Rugby Beach Weekender

Wiltshire & Gloucestershire Wooden Spoon recently combined to support the Gloucester Rugby Bank Holiday Beach Weekender. The event involved a mixture of beach rugby, food and beer and the chance to meet Gloucester Rugby and international rugby stars.

A huge 96,000 people visited Gloucester Quays over the bank holiday, this represented an increase from the 85,000 last year

Gloucester Rugby created a superb Beach Rugby pitch and Wooden Spoon were fortunate enough to be invited to participate in both the curtain raiser on the Saturday and then again on Sunday

Teams at U9-U13 age groups from clubs from Painswick RFC, Royal Wootton Bassett RFC, Longlevens RFC, Bradford on Avon RFC & Matson RFC put on a superb 4 hour display of touch rugby for the public who witnessed the event . They were fortunate enough to be coached by Gloucester Rugby Community Coach and Wiltshire Wooden Spoon volunteer, Keith Humphries along with Ben Humphries from Hartpury College & Royal Wootton Bassett RFC the same clubs coach Sonia Thomas and senior player Nick Burch ~ all of whom contributed so much with all clubs keen to participate again next year

On the Sunday morning Matson U15 put on a great display infront of a similarly large crowd

Mike Turner Commercial Manager at Gloucester RFC commented: “I am really pleased Wooden Spoon had such a good response from the teams that took part and I would like to thank you on behalf of Gloucester Rugby for the help and support Wooden Spoon gave to making the event a huge success.”

Justin Cliff Regional Representative for Wiltshire Wooden Spoon added: “We are so grateful not only to Gloucester Rugby and Gloucester Quays for the fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of Wooden Spoon but also to the team managers, coaches and parents for bringing the young players from all the clubs along to the event. In doing so again we witnessed young people supporting ‘The Children’s Charity of Rugby’ and we look forward to working with Gloucester RFC, Gloucester Quays & these great community rugby clubs again in the near future . A special word of thanks should go to the four volunteer coaches who ensured that players & spectators were suitably entertained”

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