Over and Out.

Updated: Aug 5, 2021

So the inaugural Norwich 7s Fest has been and gone. Two years in the making, (thanks to the pandemic) and you all made it a fantastic party! We had revellers both Friday and Saturday, celebrating in droves and each one was a total delight to see.

Tournament day saw some fantastic Rugby Sevens played across six pitches by forty-five teams who converged on Beeston Hyrne from all across the country. With many teams providing serious competition, it looked from the off a difficult one to tell but Samurai Academy ran out deserved winners of the Men's Open Cup and Hammerheads 7s beat Championship side Thurrock T-Birds to take the Women's Open Cup.

In the Bowls, Shelford Men ran a great campaign and left with the silverware and the locals Wymondham Wasps fought off some brilliant competition to claim their trophy.

The Men's Social taken in style by Ric Flair's very own Nature Boys (Of Old Regatian RFC) who accepted their chalice with an appropriate chorus of "Woooo"...

At it's foundation, the Norwich 7s Festival was supported by the broadest of shoulders, given a leg up without which we could not have become what we now are. The Brain Trust at N7s gives a monumental Thank You to all of our Sponsors and Partners for everything done.

We first like to thank our principal Sponsor; Scott Timber Buildings. Two absolute heroes, Tristan and PJ Scott who provide exemplary support to Norwich RFC and leapt at the chance to help us build the event of the season. Tristan, PJ and their team at Scott Timber Buildings are known for the highest quality in bespoke outdoor buildings and simultaneously the highest quality in Brilliant Chaps. Thank you gents and all at Scott Timber Buildings.

A huge thanks to all our sponsors, including Dardan Security who sponsored our Women's Open Cup, Samurai Sportswear, not just our exclusive Kit supplier but also the sponsor of our Men's Open Bowl, Heritage Wills who sponsored the Women's Bowl and Lanpro Services who sponsored our Nelson's Men's Social Chalice. A special mention of course Outlook Publishing, our Tournament Match Ball Sponsors - Smart size 5's flying everywhere round the grounds thanks to our illustrious Club Captain Ben Weaver.

More invaluable support came from Together Accounting, Holly Farm Lakes, Lockerstash Rugby, Moju, Can'O'Water, Wow Hydrate, Cecil Amey, ABC Taxi's and Tuilagi Distillery. Without these fantastic names, we could not have created the event that we did and we are so extremely grateful to all of you.

The next big thanks goes to our teams. After such uncertain times, to have such excellent teams coming to compete at Norwich 7s was a dream - the quality of rugby played, the quality of the social contribution all the players made and the support of all those we worked with to make the tournament side of things happen were all vital and highly enjoyable aspects of the rugby community. Additional nods of appreciation to two groups; those teams that were affected by our teething problems; thank you for your patience and for working with us to get fixtures back on track. Next year, kinks will be ironed out, management will be silky smooth and we can focus more of watching that champagne rugby sevens you all bring. Secondly to a few teams who dropped numbers hard in the days leading up to the festival but still did their bit. Some came short and recruited ringers, others made the journey despite losing their team just to support the event and enjoy the party. To you all, we are hugely grateful.

To our Musicians for bringing an unbelievable cocktail of sounds throughout the day, thank you so much! Sensational talent on display from the start with Kit Kane, Abi May, Phoebe Carter, The Isla's, The High Points, Differential and The Hot Crumbs and DJ Valfreaky. All of you brought an exceptional atmosphere and a gave vibrant life to the party all day... And deep into the night!

To our food traders with all your delicious fayre, keeping us fed and nourished, our gratitude is extensive. Phat Khao, Gringo's, Churros & Chorizo, Mick Nicks Hog Roast, Algy's Farm Shop, Ronaldo's Ice Cream and Tiki Tonga Coffee, thank you for keeping our souls warm and our bellies full. If anyone didn't manage to get hold of any of these, you simply must search them out.

Last, but never least - our volunteers and staff. Headed up by the vivacious Amanda Churcher and the magnificent Sarah Bone, so many brilliant members and friends of Norwich RFC and many others pitched in to make sure this day worked. The tireless work put in by so many was the lifeblood of the day and without it, this modest Brain Trust of Mikey P and MCW would never have been able to execute the any of the plans we had for this event. In the veracious words of Brian Molko; Without you I'm nothing. Thank you, to all.

For what was our first event we are immensely proud of the weekend, but there's no doubt our minds are already whirring with wonderful ideas for next year. Ways to fix the bugs, ways to boost the fun, ways to not run out of our main lager... (well done, either you're brilliant drinkers or we have some planning to improve, for the sake of Ego we will say the former.)

Feedback will always be welcome as we look to grow this, so drop us a line, send us a message. We will always be keen to understand how best to bring you the Party of the Year, every year.

Thank you again to all who supported us in making the day the great success that it was, we sincerely hope you enjoyed the day and we look forward to putting on a show, bigger and better for you next year.

For now, enjoy a well earned (few weeks) rest from all our social media promotion and shameless plugging at every opportunity... Then stay tuned for new about Norwich 7s Festival, 2022!!!

All our love,

Mikey P and MCW.

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