Rugby World Cup 2015: Touch rugby festival

DSC_9276An ECHO grant of £1000 was awarded to John Lambert- Principal Lecturer at the School of Sport and Service Management– to assist in the set-up of a touch rugby festival for primary schools in the local community.

Eastbourne welcomed the South African Rugby World Cup Team in September 2015 and John took the opportunity to seek the support of an ECHO grant, to host a touch rugby festival at the School of Sport and Service Management.

“One legacy that we wanted to create from hosting one of the top Rugby nations in the RWC2015 was to introduce as many children to the game as possible”

Billy in the touch rugby tournament

The festival for mixed teams of 11 year old boys and girls from local schools took place on 16th September 2015.  Prior to the festival our University of Brighton Rugby World Cup ambassadors visited each school and coached the children.

The festival, held at the Hillbrow site, was entered by eight teams and overall over 100 children attended.


“The emphasis was on inclusion and fun so everyone was a winner!”

After the final game Langney Primary School (‘South Africa’) came out as the top placed team which was very apt as the event was visited by two of the Springboks star players, Eben Etzebeth and Willie Le Roux.


The two players stayed to watch the games, have their photograph taken with the children and sign autographs.

The ECHO grant also funded branded kit for the Rugby World Cup ambassador volunteers.

“It was a once in a lifetime opportunity which I was extremely honoured to have been a part of.”

Hayley Moore: RWC Ambassador Volunteer