Villager FC, fresh off winning the WP Super League B title this year and reclaiming their Super League A status, are gearing up to host the 46th instalment of the Villager Schools Sevens Tournament on Friday 05 September at Brookside. Games begin at 14h00 and continue throughout the day with the cup final taking place at 20h15 on the main field.
Founded in 1968 by Springboks John Gainsford and Dave Stewart in response to their view that for South African Rugby to succeed young players should be allowed to express themselves in a positive environment so that they form a lifelong association with the game, the Villager Schools Sevens tournament keeps this philosophy to heart even in today’s competitive schoolboy environment. Far too often club rugby suffers because the younger generation refuse to play the game after school as a result of a misplaced emphasis on winning over the players enjoyment of simply playing the game. Although the game at school level has changed significantly over the last few years, one thing will forever remain, youngsters begin playing rugby for fun and we should not forget that.
It is with this in mind that the Villager School Sevens continues in its drive to provide a tournament at the end of a taxing school year whereby school boys can express themselves in the smaller version of the traditional fifteen man game at the home of the second oldest club in South Africa, Villager FC. With less numbers on the field and the stadium-like atmosphere, the Villager Schools Sevens continues to attract some of the best rugby schools in the country. With the likes of the tournaments traditional participants, Bishops, SACS, Rondebosch and Wynberg, together with new comers Paul Roos and Paarl Gym as well as the current champions, Tygerberg High School, this years tournament promises to be more explosive than ever!
Even with the addition of the Boland Schools, the nature of 7’s rugby provides the perfect opportunity to level the playing fields somewhat, and with none of the local schools having claimed a win over either Paul Roos and Paarl Gym this year, the stage is set for potential upsets. However with Tygerberg High School having won the last two tournaments, they will be keen on claiming a hat trick of wins, but with Wynberg and Bishops having the stand out seasons locally, a new champion may be crowned.
With 21 schools and clubs of various abilities, 320 enthusiastic and talented players all vying for the two trophies on offer, the Villager Schools Sevens is definitely the place to be on Friday! For those who cannot be at the games we have worked tirelessly creating the new School Sevens website to ensure all are kept informed during the tournament. The fixtures and results can be found by clicking on the FIXTURES AND RESULTS link, while for those with Twitter please follow the #Villager7s hashtag for all tweets related to the tournament. Photos will also be uploaded throughout the day courtesy of Action Pic Event Photography and can be found by clicking on the GALLERY link.
The organisers welcome all to Brookside on Friday with proceedings beginning at 14h00 with the final being played at 20:15 on Villager A. Spectators are reminded that ample parking is available in our underground parking facility as well as at Claremont Primary School. Please follow the VENUE INFORMATION link to find out more. Refreshments are on sale throughout the day at various locations around the facility, including Spur and the famous Brooksider Pub and Grill with its vast array of food choices.
Players are also reminded about the Rockets ice baths which can be found on the A Field near Celtic House. Entrance is R10 to all, except pupils wearing school uniform.