So, we cross our fingers that the UK (and indeed the world) is heading away from the worst of Covid-19. Vaccines are rolling out in good numbers, restrictions are easing and the current roadmap paints a pretty picture of a summer that we are all hoping for.
The Norwich Rugby 7s Festival has been incubating for over two years now, first thought of after attending many great 7s tournaments around the country and borne of a desire to carry the party on. The idea was sparked in 2019, scheming began and all manner of exciting things were in place, ready for us to release a new summer spectacle at the end of May 2020...
...Well, we all know how that went.
A years deferral and a great deal of uncertainty later and things looked back on track for 2021. Whilst the duration of the pandemic has been fraught with angst, sadness and immeasurable difficulties the world over, we endeavour to push on toward the positive. Our minds are turned towards getting people back to a sport they have missed and frankly, to a party we all deserve.
So what to expect? Well, those of you following our social media will have a pretty good idea of what we already have in place, who's already en-route and what to expect - but be sure to keep an eye out as there will be a lot more news on the way. The 31st July 2021 is our big day, right in the heart of summer with the roadmap looking clear on one side and enough respite before 15s pre-season on the other. 52 teams are booked across three tournaments, ranging from talented drinkers with a penchant for rugby to internationally acclaimed, elite 7s squads, all competing for a variety of cash prizes and boozy accolades.
Latching on to the fantastic rugby will be a weighty line up of local bands to fill the summer air with live music. You'll be treated to original sounds and popular covers alike, ranging through the years and the genres. Stand pitch-side and take in the inevitable champagne-flair of the rugby or grab some delectable delicacies from one of our many local food traders and dig in by the music stage - don't forget to wash it all down with something thirst-quenching from one of our bars. With a variety of kids entertainment too, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
So where are we now? Now we are about 15 weeks away (at the time of writing) from the Norwich 7s Fest and we already have exceptional teams ready to play, exquisite food and drink on the menu and fantastic musicians tuning up their instruments. We also have General Admission Tickets on sale now, so please do get yours booked now before we sell out! These are available through the website, or just find them here.
Aside from prompting you to stay tuned for more thrilling updates, the last thing to say is an enormous Thank You to all our sponsors, partners and supporters (some announced, some yet to be) for helping us kick this off.
We are always keen to hear from our teams, guests, spectators or anyone at all interested in what we have on the cards, so drop us an email or send us a DM for info you need.
Bye for now friends...
MCW & Mikey P.
Norwich 7s Brain Trust