The Vectis RFC Minis Festival 2019 takes place on Sunday 28 April 2019 at the Royal County Showground, Northwood, Isle of Wight.
Park and Ride is from the Isle of Wight College (PO30 5TA) – please note: there is NO parking on the festival site.
PARK AND RIDE: PO30 5TA
First Bus: 8:00am One Bus: 10:30 – 13:30 (3Hrs)
Last Bus: 10:30am Remaining At the Showground
First Bus: 13:30 One Bus: 10:30 – 13:30 (3Hrs)
Last Bus: 16:00 Remaining At the College Car Park
Please note Car parks as some overflow will be Pay and display.
Isle of Wight College (main) (PO30 5TA): Free
Seaclose PO30 2QS: Free
Jubilee Quay Newport Harbour North PO30 2DN: Pay and Display
County Hall PO30 5BL: Pay and Display
Coppins Bridge PO30 2AQ: Pay and Display
More details on the Vectis RFC Minis Festival 2019 available here.
Vectis RFC Minis Festival 2018
The annual Vectis Mini Rugby Festival was treated to Lush grass and glorious sunshine was most welcome after the turbulent weather previously in the season! 1700 mini rugby players and over 2500 spectators from all round the country descended on Seaclose on Sunday for a day of the great sport.
It should be noted that almost all of these teams stayed two nights at Island holiday centres, and from the feedback received, both from the teams and from the Holiday centres a great time off the field was had by all. It also give the visiting teams a chance to experience what the island has to offer, and we understand the beaches are a favourite.
One of the managers from Beckenham (Kent) who arrived surprisingly early, said it was his 7th Year of attending and it was always a highlight of the Rugby calendar to visit the Isle of Wight and participate in the Vectis festival. Also taking part was a first time team from the West Country, Thornbury who had heard of the Island event from a visiting team early in the season!
The emphasis for the festival was the RFU’s TREDS guideline which is Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship and this was evident all day.
The Vectis Rugby Club minis festival is an annual tournament held on the Isle of Wight for children aged between 7 and 12 years.
Under 7’s and 8’s play tag rugby with U9’s upwards playing contact Rugby in line with Hampshire RFU Rules.
For each age group we accommodated between 16 and 24 teams, the largest squad size being for the under 12’s, with 12 players and 7 reserves.
The event is large enough to require the whole of Seaclose Park with 20 pitches in total of various sizes! being used by a total of around 125 teams.
From the under 7’s to under 11’s it was in a round robin format so that all teams had an equal number of games, to ensure all children were involved. At the end of the event all players received medals kindly donated by Sports Travel South West at the end of the day.
All of the Vectis teams performed brilliantly and can hold their heads up high against some big mainland teams, in terms of name and size of players! Even though the focus for U7-U11’s is not on competition, the games were certainly played with commitment, teamwork and moments of skill.
The under 12’s was competitive with 4 pools of 4 and then 4 further pools of 4 dependent on initial pool placings competing for the Cup, Plate, Vase and Bowl.
The Vectis under 12’s played 3 games in their initial pool and drew two games 2-2 and 1-1. They lost the other game 2-0 against the eventual U12’s competition winners Dorking RFC.
This put Vectis into the Vase (on try’s scored) and they won their first two games 2-1. This put them into their Final against the huge Wanstead (London) team who sported two 6ft plus twelve years old lads and this proved the difference as they lost 3-0.
Other Festival Activities
Refreshments were provided by Island based caterers including food and coffee stalls a licensed bar and an ice cream van, for the good weather we were due!
Once again we were pleased to be supported by the local Mountbatten Hospice Charity. They were centre stage providing the main control tent as central contact point.
A Vectis festival program was provided as always. These doubled up as a raffle ticket with a luxury hamper as the main prize.
It was a fantastic day all round with a fantastic atmosphere and the feedback from the visitors has been hugely appreciative and positive. Our thanks must go to the coaches, managers, parents, other volunteers and the committee that make the festival the success that it is.
It’s a great feeling that our Island festival is well known and respected across the south of England and beyond. Many of the visitors are already making plans to return.
2018 Vectis Festival Attendees were as follows:
Vectis – Home team
Alton – East Hampshire
Trojans – (Eastleigh) Hampshire
Gosport & Fareham – South Hampshire
Heathfield & Waldron – East Sussex
Beckenham – Kent
Bracknell – Berkshire
Farnham – Surrey
Reigate – Surrey
Wallingford – Oxfordshire
Ellingham & Ringwood – West Hampshire
London Scottish – Surrey
Thornbury – South Gloucestershire
Dorking – Surrey
Uckfield – East Sussex
Old Mid Whitgiftians – Surrey
Horsham – West Sussex
Wanstead – North East London
Tunbridge Wells – Kent
Beccs – Keny