Hoppers youngsters helped make history

Preston Grasshoppers Under-11s at the tournament hosted by Sale RFC in Manchester
Preston Grasshoppers Under-11s at the tournament hosted by Sale RFC in Manchester
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Youngsters from Preston Grasshoppers played a part in creating history as they took part in the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup, hosted by Sale Sharks.

Since being launched during the 2008-09 season, the nationwide grassroots rugby event has seen more than 70,000 children take part.

Preston Grasshoppers Under-12s   in Manchester

Preston Grasshoppers Under-12s in Manchester

This season sees the 10th anniversary of the event – the ‘Testimonial Season’ – with Sale Sharks hosting a festival at Manchester Rugby Club.

Preston Grasshoppers Under-11s and Under-12s were among more than 40 teams in attendance, and even got the chance to strut their stuff in front of a host of Sale Sharks players, including first-team stars Paolo Odogwu and Jake Pope.

And while they missed out on the chance to attend next May’s Aviva Premiership Rugby final, despite their displaying plenty of skill and effort, 11-year-old Jacob Scott insisted he had loved every minute of the experience. “We played lots of new teams that we have never played before so it was a big challenge,” said the Broughton High School pupil.

“We definitely learn as a team from these sorts of experiences, which allows us to improve as a team.

“These sorts of tournaments are always fun, especially with conditions like these. It means you can score a try and can slide through the mud.”

Teams from across the county will compete at various festivals hosted by the 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs this season, with the opportunity to earn a trip to the Aviva Premiership Rugby final on May 26, where they will meet a Land Rover rugby ambassador, join in a Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup Parade at half-time and hear which of them has won a club MVP award.

Land Rover is celebrating its ‘Testimonial Season’; 10 years of the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup. The national series of grassroots rugby festivals is testament to Land Rover’s continued support of grassroots rugby through its ‘We Deal In Real’ campaign. Follow @LandRoverRugby #WeDealInReal