Vancouver, BC – September 27, 2019: The 2019 Kamloops Sevens Tournament, due to take place on October 12-13, has already reached capacity with 75 teams already having registered for the popular fall event.
The popularity of the Kamloops Sevens Tournament seems to know no limits. In just four short years the event has grown from a 16–team gathering to one of the biggest junior sevens events in Canada. In 2019, a total of 75 will take to the fields at McArthur Island Park in a celebration of rugby development and diversity.
The Kamloops Sevens Tournament grew out of a desire for meaningful and fun competition for in the interior of BC. This coincided with a growth in girls’ rugby in the province and the tournament has thrived on the energy, enthusiasm and support that the girls’ teams bring. But word has gotten around and now there is increasing demand from boys’ teams to be a part of this exciting event. So despite male team entries nearly tripling and at their highest ever levels, female teams will account for two thirds of all sides taking part in 2019.
The Kamloops Sevens Tournament has attracted interest from across BC, with particpating teams hailing from Cowichan to the Kootenays and as far north at Prince Rupert, Prince George and Fort St John. This broad spectrum of teams makes the tournament possibly the most diverse gathering of rugby sides in BC, a fantastic opportunity for young players everywhere to come together through their shared love of rugby.
Even more encouraging is the increase in teams travelling from outside of BC to take part in the tournament. 2018 saw five teams from Alberta travel west to take part in the event, proving to be excellent competition for the BC teams, returning home with some medals for good measure. Clearly the news has spread and this year the tournament is expecting to welcome more than 15 teams representing six clubs from our neighbour to the East.
Despite the increase volume of teams planning to attend this year’s event, the diversity of competition remains as high as ever. Nearly 30 different clubs, teams and academies will be represented over the two-day tournament.
Tournament Director Darcy Patterson was in high spirits earlier this week, commenting “It is amazing to see how the rugby community has come together to support this tournament. The competition started as a means to bring more competition to the Interior to help build programs across the Province. Thankfully some clubs bought in and made the journey in year one, but no one expected it to grow so quickly. To have gone from humble beginnings in year one to 60 last year and now to a potential of 75 teams is quite incredible. It’s so exciting to see such great support coming from Alberta as well, the 2019 tournament is really shaping up to be the best yet.”
While the tournament has reached its maximum capacity for 2019, teams who are still keen to enter are encouraged to join the waiting list in by registering on the tournament webpage.