There are a whole host of sevens tournaments which take place every year and we have picked 5 competitions that really jump out at you when looking at the sevens calendar.
There is something about the sevens experience which makes it so distinctive. Sometimes the competitions can just be a one day event cramming in excellent entertainment or they could have more of a festival feel to them which last the duration of a weekend.
Year after year, the top sevens tournaments always seem to better themselves which is what makes them special events. With great rugby, food and entertainment on show around the country – it really makes for some fantastic spectacles.
It is clear that these events keep on improving as attendances continue to increase every season. In addition to this, the popularity of the shorter format of the game keeps on soaring due to the packed sevens schedule and also the fact that Sevens has been to the Olympic Games next year in Rio.
On the amateur circuit, there are some top competitions so let’s take a look at the five best sevens tournaments in this year’s calendar.
This tournament is fast becoming one of the UK’s best Sevens festivals in the calendar.
Held at Tarleton Rugby Club, the tournament takes place every year in memory of Max Skofic’s father John - who sadly passed away in 2011.
All of the money made on the day goes straight back into the rugby club highlighting that this is a fantastic cause as well as a high quality festival.
The one-day event consists of Men’s elite, open and social rugby 7s competitions which have had increased participation since the tournament began in 2012.
Again, this emphasises how much hard work and dedication is put in to making this event such a success.
Also this year, we saw a Ladies competition take place as well as teams from as far out as Llandudno attending the carnival atmosphere.
There is of course a live band for everyone to enjoy and at this year’s festival, Skofic 7s had the Jackpot Golden Boys playing,
Each year this native festival continues to grow and provides some local cask ales to enjoy whilst watching the excellent rugby on show. The backing of great sponsors such as Party Delights is a huge help to the event.
Another positive about this festival is the number of Red Panda kits and merchandise on display worn by players, referees and volunteers.
Skofic 7s offers the complete package that everyone is looking for in a day out whether they are rugby lovers or not which is why this festival is so unique and firmly one of the best throughout the season.
4. Chester 7s
We are now at the peak of the sevens season and recently the latest stop in this busy summer schedule was in the north of England for the Chester 7s.
This competition took place in the middle of June and saw over 80 teams take part in Rugby, Netball and partying over three days. The entertainment is also excellent with live bands, club DJs and festival camping on offer to make this competition an all-round event.
In terms of rugby, the tournament has open and social sections with the open competition the centrepiece of the weekend with some of the best sevens talent in the country taking part.
As always, the biggest names on the sevens circuit were there including Red Panda, Irish Exiles, Carmarthen Warriors, Barbados National team, several army teams and even some National clubs such as Caldy & Sandbach.
With a whopping £1800 up for grabs for the winner and some of the most noted referees in the game being part of this event, it is safe to say that Chester 7s is one of the most prestigious festivals in the North of England and the country.
3. Newquay 7s
From the North of the country right down to the South as we have chosen Newquay Surf 7s as one of the tournaments to take part in in the sevens campaign.
It is arguably the biggest rugby sevens event in the South West with over a hundred of the best teams from across the country and Europe taking part.
The competition lasts two days and offers a range of tournaments for all levels to get involved in. Normally on the Saturday there is the Men’s Open Event which is for the best Men’s sevens teams. Team Tom (whose kit is designed by Max Skofic and his team here at Red Panda) competed in this tournament last weekend.
There is also the Women’s Open, which features teams from all over the world and of course there are the social events as well as the Veterans 10s competition.
Over the weekend you can visit the Newquay Surf 7s Akuma rugby shop, food outlets and take part in the Maxi Nutrition challenge.
So, if you are down South and fancy a weekend of sun, quality rugby and of course great beer the Newquay 7s will be the place for you to visit next season.
2. Kinsale 7s
The Heineken Kinsale 7s is one of the first sevens festivals of the season as thousands head to Cork for an exciting, competitive and most of all entertaining weekend at the start of May.
With this competition increasing in popularity each year, we normally see the registration slots for teams taken up in a flash with teams applying from across Europe.
At Kinsale, there is the elite competition with each team consisting of high quality rugby players and like at Chester, teams such as Red Panda along with Wooden Spoon and Wild Geese fight it out for their name to be on that trophy on the Sunday afternoon.
There is also the Women’s elite event with a number of social rugby sevens competitions taking place over the weekend.
In terms of the event itself, it is a fantastic showcase of rugby with the town of Kinsale reaping the rewards. The atmosphere is always superb with pubs, nightclubs and bars providing excellent nights over the three days. Kinsale 7s really does kick off the sevens season in style.
1. Bournemouth 7s
Glastonbury seemed to be a huge success last week and the iconic music festival does have a very small link to rugby 7s.
Bournemouth 7s is arguably the World’s Largest Sport and Music Festival and it has been dubbed the sporting Glastonbury over the last couple of years.
Held on the May Bank Holiday weekend, it has had nine years of huge success as combines music and sport to entertain thousands of festivalgoers.
This event showcases high quality Rugby 7s along with Social Rugby 7s, Netball, Hockey and Dodgeball tournaments.
As ever, the National Cup for Rugby 7s is the showpiece event of the weekend where many of the country’s best 7s teams on the amateur circuit are involved.
Away from the National Cup, the elite Ladies Cup sees the best women’s sides from the UK and Europe take part whilst the other sports on show continue to grow.
The Netball 7s saw 100 teams take part this year and Dodgeball once again was a huge hit at the festival with over 60 teams entering the competition. Hockey was also a brilliant success after an excellent maiden year of the event in 2014.
In the past we have seen some of the stars of international rugby visit this high profile festival with the likes of Wales & Lions winger Alex Cuthbert, former England Captain Lewis Moody, Ugo Moyne, Manu Tuilagi, Christian Wade and Marlon Yarde all attending.
Away from the sport itself, Bournemouth 7s offers so much with the entertainment available being second to none.
It provides a number of arenas across the weekend from a V.VIP Lounge to a Karaoke 80s tent and also they have the ever-present Turborg tent, which includes Europe’s Longest Bar.
There is also a big screen, which shows live sport and there are a whole host of bands and DJ’s that perform across the three days in the Turborg tent and in the Big Top Dance Tent.
In honesty, that is just a brief insight to all the great entertainment that takes place on the South Coast so we suggest you pencil this tournament into your diary for 2016!