North Dorset 7s (ND7s), now one of the largest community-run one day rugby 7s tournament in the South West, will go ahead on Saturday 24 July 2021 at North Dorset RFC in Gillingham, Dorset.
The last-minute confirmation that the event will take place follows the government’s recent announcement that Covid restrictions will be removed from July 19.
Now in its eighth year, organisers say ND7s promises to be the best event yet both on and off the field.
Boasting more than 150 matches of rugby 7s across seven pitches and with 64 teams taking part, the tournament offers rugby for both elite and social players alike across the men’s and women’s game – there is even a tournament for ‘veteran’ over 35s.
After a hiatus in 2020 due to Covid-19, ND7s aims to build on the £13,000 raised for charitable partner Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) over the last seven editions, with over 12,000 spectators and 190 different teams having graced the pitches at North Dorset RFC in Gillingham.
This year’s rugby tournaments commence at 9am on Saturday 24 July. Throughout the event, visitors can enjoy a variety of local food stalls, visit ND7s’ sponsors and enjoy a variety of bars.
The British & Irish Lions 1st XV test match against the reigning world champions South Africa (KO 5pm BST) will also be broadcast on a giant 15m sq screen, with live music and DJs until late.
Tickets are available from www.nd7s.co.uk and booking in advance is recommended (very few camping tickets remain).
ND7s say they are very excited to welcome renowned British movie director Guy Ritchie’s own Gritchie Brewing Co as main partner. Gritchie’s beer festival area will give visitors a taste of some of the best beer brewed in the UK with world class brewing expertise using local ingredients.
In addition, ND7s welcomes Jake Polledri, a 19 cap Italian international and Gloucester rugby player whose sensational new Just Pressed craft cider brand will be on tap throughout.
ND7s includes a party tent that will host the return of DJ Rossko, who many will remember as the resident DJ of Legends Nightclub (Gillingham) in its heyday. As Rossko is now resident DJ at Atik in Windsor, organisers say it is a rare treat to find him behind the decks in Dorset.