Inaugural Sevens tourney for youth

GROWING GRASSROOTS: Founder of the Leo Mbini Sevens Rugby Tournament, Leo Mbini, says Saturday’s the one-day event tournament will host teams from Berlin, East London and Mdantsane Picture:SUPPLIED

Berlin Tigers rugby team coach and founder of the Berlin School Rugby Revival Programme Leo Mbini will be hosting the very first Leo Mbini Sevens Rugby Tournament in Berlin tomorrow in Berlin at 9am.

The one-day tournament will include 20 teams from the surrounding areas of Berlin, East London and Mdantsane.

The GO! reported (“Rugby programme set to develop talent”, August 5) that Mbini hosted the first under-12 and U13 rugby programme to revive rugby in township and rural areas.

“I saw that these young boys are passionate about the sport, but there are not enough tournaments that accommodate their age groups, especially in the rural areas. There are about 14 schools in and around Berlin that are participating, and we will be are using Nkosinathi Fields and Berlin Primary School’s sports field,” said Mbini.

“The reason for the tournament to be held on the first weekend of December is because, I want to raise awareness for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, as well as alcohol and drug abuse,” he said.

Winners of the senior team will be awarded R1,000, a trophy and medals; winners of U17 will be awarded R500, a trophy and medals; and the U14 team will be awarded R250.

“I have partnered with some local businesses from Berlin who will be assisting with lunch packs for the players, and the Berlin police South African Police Services will be is also assisting is with some logistics.” too,” indicated Mbini.

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