The event will feature 16 elite men’s and 8 elite women’s rugby 7s teams on the Saturday and a further 24 social sides on the Sunday.
More than 800 players from teams hailing from as far and wide as Fiji, South Africa, Jamaica and Nigeria will descend on Watcombe Bottom, the home of Ventnor RFC for the weekend of fast-paced, 7-a-side rugby.
Bath RFC (women’s team) will also compete and Isle of Wight rugby players have combined for the 1st time to create a representative 7s team, the ‘South Island Sundays’.
2 winners from 24 Isle of Wight school sides will compete for the Schools Trophy in front of 2,500 spectators.
The South Island 7s has been devised by Chris Fletcher as a way of making rugby more attractive to Islanders and most importantly, to fund the development of youth rugby on the island.
“The driving force behind the event is to engage Isle of Wight children in sport and to instil in them the benefits to their health and mental wellbeing. I have given 600 free tickets to Isle of Wight schools and clubs. In addition, we have already sold 500 spectator tickets and 130 places in hospitality. We hope to have 2,500-plus on site for the elite competition on the Saturday.
“We are immensely grateful to Snows for its sponsorship and genuine support for this great new event. Sports sponsorships when run correctly are a powerful tool. The Snows sponsorship is a clear demonstration of what can be achieved when proactive companies partner with sporting entities. The event would look very different without their support. The influence Snows will have on participation in sport across all ages on the Isle of Wight is substantial, they should be applauded for it.”
Tickets for the event are available here.
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