SLOUGH Rugby Club welcomed 650 players from clubs across the region for the Wynford Philips Festival.

Each team played five games which were managed by coaches with Rugby Core Values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship at the forefront.

Slough Under 7s had a brilliant festival with some great tagging and wonderful tries from John Morris-Jones, Aarav Kumar and Ayaan Dube against Richmond Red in their first match.

Some great teamwork between Beant Dhillon and Jasmehar Bedi led to scores against Windsor in the second game.

The U7s continued to play well in their next three matches showing amazing spirit throughout their first festival experience.

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Slough U8s made a promising start when Hasan Mughal opened the scoring against Richmond Red in their first game and Ameliah Bryant added a second for the win.

A closely contested match against Rams followed with Eshen Panesar managing to cross the line on the final whistle.

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The third game against Windsor saw some great teamwork between Sara-Jayne Jack and debutant Malachi Makawa ended in a try.

Some excellent communication between Greenies players against Richmond Black and Phoenix in the last two games led to more tries.

In the U10s competition, a quick footed Harvey Hitchings-Goswell opened the scoring for Slough against Rams in the first game before Caleb Donohoe ran in a second for a superb finish.

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Slough played some strong rugby against Richmond Black before putting in a great shift against Staines where a fantastic race down the wing ended in a try for Sam Woolnough.

Abbots proved to be formidable opponents in the fourth match and the Greenies were unable to get a foothold in the game before finishing the festival against Richmond Red.

Slough were also able to field an U9s team this year while the U11s formed a baa baa squad with Chesham and the U12s combined forces with Phoenix and Pinner.

A statement from Slough read: “The emphasis of the Wynford Philips Festival is for everyone especially the children to have fun, enjoy the rugby and go home wanting to play some more as well as make some new friends.

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“We had approximately 650 children aged 6-12 having a great time playing rugby at the club thanks to the efforts and hard work of coaches, volunteers and parents.”

Teams attending: Slough, Chesham, Fullerians, Hillingdon Abbots, Phoenix, Pinner, Rams, Richmond, Staines, Tadley and Windsor.

  • THE Slough youth section is currently looking for more players to strengthen its squads. All boys and girls aged seven and above are invited to get in touch and join teams for a free taster session. No experience is necessary.

Email or call 07772 353920 for details.