Yorkshire Carnegie’s community team welcomed 150 girls from across Yorkshire to their inaugural Yorkshire Carnegie Community Girls 7’s Festival.

The festival, run in conjunction with the RFU, was designed to be a celebration of the women and girls’ game in Yorkshire and follows the expansion of the Affiliated Programme, which saw a new strand for women and girls clubs launched ahead of the 2017-18 season.

The festival saw over 150 girls from 12 teams compete at Roundhegians RUFC.  The morning games involved the Under-13s teams: Sandal, Selby 1, Selby 2, Baildon and Old Crossleyans playing half pitch O2 Touch 7s. This was followed in the afternoon by 7 Under-15s teams: Sandal Tigers, Sandal Lions, Selby, Baildon, Doncaster, West Leeds and Wheatley Hills playing the RFU’s new game format XRugby 7s.

The aim of the festival was to create a platform to showcase the quality of girls rugby from across Yorkshire. As the day primarily focused on celebrating girls rugby in the county, there were no overall winners, but just a fantastic opportunity for teams to showcase their 7s skills.

Sam Kerry, community rugby coach for Yorkshire Carnegie commented: “The festival was hugely successful and highly enjoyable to be a part of with some fantastic rugby on show throughout the day.

“We would like to thank everybody who contributed to making the day such a big success including the teams, RFU staff, our hosts Roundhegians and Coco Fusion who kindly provided drinks for the girls.

“We are already planning next year’s event with the aim to build on the success of this year.”

For more information about the Affiliated Programme please contact: Community@yorkshirecarnegie.com