Schools Sevens at Brookside

The 52nd annual Villager Schools Sevens rugby tournament kicks off at Brookside, tomorrow, Friday September 1, at 2pm and finishes on Saturday.

Traditionally the final event of the school rugby calendar, it is a sought-after trophy at the end of a day of entertaining pace and skill, a highlight for player and spectator alike. The two-day event draws crowds from across the peninsula, providing a platform for fleet-footed players of the less bulky type to showcase their talent and express themselves with ball in hand or in defence of course.

The annual Villager Schools Sevens Tournament kicks off tomorrow, Friday September 1, finishing on on Saturday. Pictured here is a schools’ rugby match at neighbouring Groote Schuur High School. Picture: Fuad Esack

Tournament director, Villager Warren Edwards said it was challenging re-starting this historic event after Covid and with limited time and resources, the club decided at the last minute to host the 52nd edition.

“The goal is to use the 2023 edition as the base to start planning the 2024 event and make it the biggest in South Africa. We look forward to seeing all the talent in action and hope the crowds come out to support.

“Empowering Community, Fostering Unity and Uniting Schools through the Villagers Seven-A-Side Schools Championship” is the credo of the competition, as indeed it does, welcoming young, talented school-leaving players to rugby beyond the school paddocks. “It is a new horizon beyond the sanctity of the competitive schools rugby environment,“ he said.