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OVER 100 players from eight Further Education and Sixth Form Colleges from across North Lancashire recently took part in a highly-successful 10-a-side tournament at Preston Grasshoppers' Lightfoot Green headquarters.

Object of the exercise was to provide competition for colleges and students who do not play rugby on a regular basis, with the 10s format chosen to allow colleges more scope in raising a team.

The event, organised by Preston Community Rugby Coach Kai Burns, was a joint initiative between Preston Grasshoppers and the North Lancashire Development team who ran the event as part of the RFU strategy of increasing participation amongst 16/19-year-olds.

Cardinal Newman and Preston College, two colleges close to Lightfoot Green, were joined by Nelson & Colne College, Burnley College, Lancaster & Morecambe College (LMC), Baines 6th Form and Our Ladies College, Lancaster, who entered two teams.

For Newman College, the tournament provided their first game of rugby in recent years after they had worked towards the event with CRC Burns and Student Coordinating Officer Farook Khan by firstly recruiting at their enrichment fair and then training at Grasshoppers. Other colleges had only preceded this event with a friendly, while Preston College used the tournament as an opportunity to field some of their squad players who do not regularly make their starting line-up for British College fixtures.

The eight teams were initially split into two groups, playing in a round robin league, with Baines emerging victorious with a 5-0 win over Lancaster & Morecambe College after the pair finished at the top of their respective groups.

After the pool games had been completed, teams had an additional game against the teams finishing in the same position in the other league. In that concluding series of games, second placed Preston College beat Nelson & Colne College to win the Plate competition 19-5, while the two third placed teams, Cardinal Newman College and Burnley College shared the spoils in the Bowl competition with a 10-10 draw.

Our Lady's 1 and Our Lady's 2, both fourth in their group, contested the trophy competition with Our Lady's 1 winning 17-7.

Having successfully identified that all the colleges involved do have a significant rugby contingent, they will now be supported in arranging and contesting further fixtures before a follow-on event due to be held Wednesday, March 24, 2010.

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