Monday, 30 November 2020

Dry Leas hosts TourAid rugby festival

ENGLAND may have been knocked out of the rugby world cup but the spirit of the competition is alive and well in Henley

ENGLAND may have been knocked out of the rugby world cup but the spirit of the competition is alive and well in Henley.

Children from around the globe visited Henley Rugby Club with the international TourAid rugby festival on Monday.

About 200 youngsters were at Dry Leas to take part in the first round of the annual 10-day tournament.

They included children from India, South Africa, Laos, Swaziland, Uganda and Kenya as well as their British host families.

The festival gives children from overseas a chance to play rugby in this country and aims to inspire them to pursue a career in the sport.


It is promoted by former Springboks winger Chester Williams and TV sports presenter John Inverdale, who were both there on Monday. Once the matches had finished, the children watched a Haka demonstration by Maori dancers from performing arts company Manaia. The club offered its premises as Richard Bradbury, its juniors chairman, used to be involved with TourAid.

Inverdale said: ?The kids had such a great time ? it?s been raining all day but the smiles on their faces says it all. It?s actually good that it rained as it gave them an idea of what English weather is like during the season!?


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