A rugby tournament for 12 and 13 year olds held at Sedbergh School on Sunday attracted 350 children from rugby clubs all over the North of England.

The aim of the day was to bring together these young players to play fixtures against clubs they would not normally be able to meet, to have lots of fun, focus on development not winning, and to enjoy the day. The sole focus for the day was team building and development of individual players.

The clubs attending were Macclesfield, West Park Leeds, Lymm, Kendal, Kirkby Lonsdale, Wharfedale, Stockport, Manchester, Wilmslow, Harrogate, Vale of Lune, Morpeth and Bowdon.

Jason Duffy, Tournament Organiser and Sedbergh School Commercial Development Coach, who is also an England U16 development coach and an Old Sedberghian.

He said: “The real beauty of the Sedbergh rugby festival is that all clubs in attendance get to challenge themselves against clubs from across the North of England who they would not necessarily have the opportunity to compete with in their normal fixture list.

The games were played in a wonderful spirit which ensured all boys felt completely relaxed to express themselves through exciting running rugby. Thank you for all clubs taking part and we hope to see the players from your clubs taking part in our Easter and Summer rugby courses.

”Parents and supporters mingled on the sidelines, with hospitality tents and, for those who found their way to the tea and coffee tent, the chance to enter a competition to win a place on one of the Sedbergh School Easter or Summer Courses.”

For information on Easter and Summer sports courses at Sedbergh School, visit An early bird discount of £50 applies to all bookings paid for before 16th December.

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