Sevens rugby returns to Pocklington

Pock 7s action
Pock 7s action

Good Friday’s John Smith’s Pock 7s is the focal point of a busy festival weekend of sevens rugby at Percy Road.

The club’s junior section will be getting in on the seven-a-side act on Easter Sunday with its annual Junior Charity Sevens in aid of Martin House Children’s Hospice.

The Junior Charity Sevens, sponsored by Agriyork 400, has 20 teams from across Yorkshire playing at under-13s through to under-15s age levels.

The action gets underway at 10.30am with the finals taking place mid-afternoon.

Pocklington is a stronghold of sevens rugby. The Good Friday Pock 7s is the oldest and biggest competition in Yorkshire that regularly draws a crowd of around 3,000 to the event.

And the 2016 Pock 7s will be reaching out to a new, wider audience as the event is being covered by Estuary TV and is being relayed to community Freeview companies across the country.

Estuary, who broadcast on Freeview Channel 8 and Virgin Channel 159, covering the whole event, with former England ‘A’ player Terry Garnett providing live commentary.

And large chunks of the day will also appear on Made in Leeds, and Made in Tyne and Wear, Freeview Channel 8, Virgin Media and Sky; and on Made in Cardiff, Freeview Channel 23.

The Pocklington Junior Sevens was one of the first to be established for youngsters more than a decade ago, in the hope that it will produce Good Friday Pock 7s stars of the future.

It has also grown from small beginnings and it becoming an established fixture on the junior rugby calendar.