Record player turnout for Leamington rugby charity fest

More people than ever before took to the scrum in the name of charity at this year’s Rugby For Heroes festival in Leamington.

Organisers estimate that around 1,500 people spent time at the three-day event, which took place at the Old Leamingtonians Rugby Club at the weekend and included rugby tournaments, live music, food and other entertainment.

And although the funds raised have not yet been counted, it is looking likely that the total will exceed the £7,800 raised last year, with the money going towards Help For Heroes, the Royal British Legion and 353, which supports military personnel and their families.

Festival organiser Mike Vallance said: “We had the best ever attendance of team players in the tournaments. There were 22 adult teams and several junior events as well.”

He added: “I was impressed by the strength of support for our soldiers, despite the fact that they are withdrawing from Afghanistan next year. That’s really pleasing to see.

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“The only bad thing about the weekend was the weather - the weather was nuts. We had to cancel two flypasts because of the rain.”

Plans are now underway for next year’s event, which will take place from May 16 to 18. Anyone who would like to volunteer for the event can call Mr Vallance on 07545 602029, search for ‘Rugby4heroes’ on Facebook or follow on Twitter @rugby4heroes