Matches are played across 5 full size pitches. The Number One and Number Two pitches are among the best in Ireland, with views over rolling countryside and perfectly manicured, level surfaces. Games are 7 minutes each way and are overseen by fully qualified referees.
Heineken Kinsale Rugby Sevens
Kinsale really is the place to be over May Bank Holiday weekend when Kinsale RFC will welcome teams, players, participants and supporters from all over Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Holland, and other European countries. Launched in 1998 with just 12 teams, the 2011 tournament saw 222 games of the great game of Rugby 7s played in a very sporting and competitive fashion. Whether you're a social side competing for the 'Spoon' or an invitational side taking on the might of the regular circuit players, the Heineken Kinsale Rugby Sevens Festival atmosphere will guarantee your side a fantastic trip to a great rugby event.
Friday is a fun day for teams arriving early who want to stretch out after their journey. Whilst there are no structured competitions this day, there will be some informal 10-a-side competitions available, with a kick off at approximately 4pm. The bar opens around the same time, along with various food sellers. This is a great opportunity to meet other teams, have a look around before the spectators arrive, collect your wristbands and generally prepare for the Saturday and Sunday competition days.
At 10.00am sharp the first pool plays in the Howard Holdings Senior Mens Cup and the Ladies Saturday competitions kick off, followed by the knockout stages later in the afternoon. The Junior Mens qualifiers also play throughout Saturday, leading into knockout competitions on Sunday. The Vets 10's matches will also be played this day, allowing some rest time on Sunday! There will be trophies and prizes presented at the end of the day for the Howard Holdings, Ladies and Vet's competitions. Play ends at around 6.00pm. The bar in the Main Marquee opens around 12pm with music and fun all day, and there is a wonderful choice of food available from 10am onwards in the Food Marquee. The Main Marquee stays open until around 8pm at which time players make their way back into the town for rest or further entertainment.
Kicking off again at 10.00am sharp, this day heralds the main competitions with the biggest prizes. There is the Heineken Kinsale Rugby Festival Senior Mens competition, separate from the Saturday competitions. Also playing Sunday are the Ladies (Sunday) competition, and Junior Mens knockouts, finals and plate competition. Play ends usually around 6pm, again depending on number of teams entered. The Plate competition in the Junior section, together with trophies for the winners, ensures that teams at all levels of skills and fitness have something to play for. Followed on Sunday night by the festival club at a venue in Kinsale town.
Your executive coach will transfer you from your chosen tour accommodation back to the UK.