JUNIOR REPORT: Breakaway Tournament another success

Tomasz Chadwick's Junior Report
Tomasz Chadwick's Junior Report

A strong spell of rainfall last Friday evening put our annual minis Breakaway Tours tournament in doubt.

But despite a few sodden pitches, the tournament was given the go ahead early on Saturday morning and a wonderful weekend of muddy rugby ensued.

Fantastic displays from our under-sevens to under-10s was the norm throughout both days of the tournament, with our sides really taking the opportunity to play well and enjoy themselves.

For the first time in recent history, the tournament had no eventual winners as scores weren’t to be recorded (abiding by new RFU national rules for these age groups).

Although this initially was met with slight concerns, it was clear the players weren’t really bothered so long as they got to play and score some tries.

At this point I must say a special thank you to the 50+ volunteers that were willing to offer their support to help out over the weekend.

To host a major event like this is only possible with a fantastic team, and Scarborough RUFC have one of the most dedicated and pleasant groups of people I’ve ever been a part of.

Each volunteer did a remarkable job in making sure the tournament ran smoothly and that all the children were happy.

My sincere thanks go to every single person - it’s humbling to be part of such a great team.

This week, officials from the club will be meeting with John Newton (head of sport at Scarborough Sixth Form College) to discuss plans to further build upon the academy side that was launched there last summer.

The partnership has certainly been mutually beneficial to both parties and has also been a real bonus for rugby in the town.

We’re sure with some further thought and planning, this will continue to grow and develop in the future.

The season will officially finish on May 2 this year, which means that a number of our sides are starting to plan ahead with their end of year presentations.

The club provides food, trophies and function space so that our sides can end the year in style, celebrating the season that has passed.

Our last training sessions and fixtures will be on May 1, after which our players will be taking an extended break for the summer.

This also means that this will be my penultimate Junior Report of the season.

On May 7, the club will be hosting the annual Yorkshire v Lancashire County match, which will be another opportunity for the younger ones in the area to witness a very high level of rugby.

The fixture usually brings with it a significant following, so be sure to get your tickets while you can.

As well as the main event, there will be other fixtures on the day to look forward to, including a friendly match for our senior ladies side the Valkyries.

This weekend we have plenty of youth rugby to look forward to.

Our minis will be taking part in more matches against York, Whitby and a touring side, while our juniors will be taking on sides from Moortown, Guisborough and Scunthorpe in their second to last games of the season.

The sun should be shining, so we’d love to see you there supporting our younger ones as their season comes to a close.