Congratulations to our partners ‘The Bournemouth 7s’ for cementing their status as the world’s largest sport and music festival this summer.
This year’s event was the biggest yet with 320 teams and 4,500 players competing in a range of rugby, netball, dodgeball and touch rugby cups.
In its sixth year, the ‘Sporting Glastonbury’ produced a sold out festival for the first time in its history.
Over the May Bank Holiday weekend, some 20,000 sport enthusiasts and festival goers descended on a sunbasked Chapel Gate Sports Club to enjoy two days of enthralling Sport and Entertainment.
The Viper 10 National Cup, which took pride of place on the Main Festival pitch, was won by Templars 7s who produced some fantastic performances on their way to defeating Apache in front of several thousand spectators.
Beforehand, the final of the Viper 10 Ladies Cup saw the RFU Injured Players Foundation, which was made up of a selection of England 7s players defeat the Welsh National team in a truly classic Anglo-Welsh encounter!
The National Netball Festival welcomed 100 teams to compete across four competitions including the Viper 10 Cup and renowned Party Cup, with all teams playing in fancy dress.
The Viper 10 Blades, who boasted several players from Netball Super League team and Bournemouth 7s official Netball partner Hertfordshire Mavericks, were victorious in the Viper 10 Netball Cup.
Another big draw on the sporting side of the event was the newly established Dodgeball competition, which was further boosted by the presence of several rugby internationals playing in fancy dress, including former England rugby captain, Lewis Moody.
One of the biggest attractions of the weekend was the attendance of British and Irish Lions’ Jamie Roberts and Alex Cuthbert.
Both players took the chance to attend this year’s event, the day before flying to Hong Kong to face the Barbarians as part of their preparation for the three-match Test series in Australia later this summer.
These rugby stars enjoyed the festival weekend, alongside fellow professionals such as England International Tom Varndell in the ALCATEL ONE TOUCH VIP Arena and V.VIP Celebrity Lounge.
There was also some fantastic entertainment including the Animal WD-40 Action Sports Tour and the RAF parachute display team dropping onto the main festival pitch which proved to be a fantastic spectacle.
The Carlsberg Beer Tent once again returned as the main focal point of the festival situated centrally within the main festival arena.
However, the stand out feature of this year’s festival was the Viper 10 Festival stage, which was hosted by Cocoloco all weekend and welcomed the Cuban Brothers to perform live on the Sunday evening as part of their World Tour.
The return of Red Bull as the official energy drink sponsor was warmly welcomed by players in all sports.
Also, taking pride position alongside the main pitch, was the Viper 10 player’s lounge, which proved to be a huge draw to all teams at the festival! All of the Viper 10 teams at the festival benefitted from the recovery drinks provided by SCI-MX Nutrition in an exclusive pitch side viewing garden.
Owners, Diamond Sporting Group would like to extend a big thank you to all of the incredible sponsors that supported the Festival once again this year.
Without these global brands, the event simply would not be what it is today.
Fresh from the success of a Sell Out 2013 Festival, work has already started on next year’s festival which will take place on the final Bank Holiday Weekend in May.
It cannot come around soon enough.
See the Bournemouth 7s Video here.