Camberley RFC beat the weather and opened their doors to seven local rugby clubs as they hosted their annual spring rugby festival.

The final decision to go ahead was made early Sunday morning following the previous days call to action requiring a total club effort to drain the pitches which included pitchforks, buckets and wellies.

Camberley’s rugby family were rewarded with a glorious day of sunshine and enough ‘dry’ ground to welcome over a 1000 Surrey and Hampshire young players ranging from u7s to u10s. With an army of club volunteers including members of the senior men and women sections, the festival team worked hard to reschedule timings with the visiting clubs, albeit a later start, working together the festival was on.

The event was supported by a handful of VIPs sharing in the fun and enjoyment of the players and parents home and visiting. Camberley RFC charity this season is George and the Giant Pledge. It was an honour to have George and his family, Vicky Woody raising awareness of childhood cancer and fund-raising for the Royal Marsden.

George joined local dignitaries Surrey Heath Mayor Cllr Robin Perry and his wife, Brett Heron from Harlequins and a surprise special guest, Eddie Jones to give out the players medals. Not forgetting Camberley Club Chairman Harry Fish and Cyril the Squirrel.

It was a great day for local rugby and a joy to see so many happy children and parents enjoying a sunny Sunday of rugby.