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The season ends on a high with a big trip
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The season ends on a high with a big trip

Hampstead Rugby Club players and coaches who traveled to Yorkshire over the bank holiday weekend

MORE than 300 children, parents and coaches from one of central London’s fastest growing rugby clubs hit the road over the bank holiday weekend as they went on tour to Yorkshire.

The two-night trip saw Hampstead Rugby Club’s under-8 to under-12 teams play at a festival in Dinnington, while their under-13 to under-15 teams took part in a club competition in Harrogate.

The tour marked the end of another successful campaign, and under-13s player Fitz de Soto, who lives in Fitzrovia, said he enjoyed every minute of the away days – with the young players also enjoying a host of outdoor activities, including wall climbing. , zip wires and water rafting.

He said: “It was one of the best weekends ever. We are one big family who support each other, both on and off the field. This trip was a lot of fun and made our friendships even stronger. It was a nice end to the season.”

James Martin plays for Hampstead’s Under-13s

And when it came time to concentrate on rugby, the players delivered again. “The Under-11s played their best rugby yet and ran laps around their opponents,” said their coach Walter Ladwig. “After 32 weeks, the season has ended on a high. I couldn’t be more proud of these kids.”

The image of youngsters honing their rugby skills on Hampstead Heath has become iconic in Camden. But despite the club name, Hampstead RFC’s reach stretches far and wide, with more than 100 new players from across the capital – and from all age groups – this season alone.

Club junior chairman James Farmer said: “This season was topped off by a hugely successful tour to Yorkshire. More than 300 parents and children headed north to take on some powerful, but extremely hospitable opponents.

Will Bell in action for Under-14s

“After a full weekend of rugby we won more than we lost, which is always a good sign. But actually it wasn’t just about playing, it was about having fun, making new friends and being part of one big family.”

Inviting new faces to join the club, James added: “This North London rugby club is growing far beyond expectations. It’s Heath’s showcase of happy kids of all sizes and backgrounds, playing rugby and getting fit on Saturday mornings. The new season starts in September, everyone is welcome.”

Hampstead RFC welcomes players of all ages and genders. Visit www.joinhampsteadrugby.co.uk