MAIDENHEAD helped celebrate more than 10 seasons of the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup by taking part in an event hosted by Saracens on Saturday.

The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup, a nationwide series of events, has seen more than 82,000 children take part to date and continues to grow, providing developmental experience for young players to excel in a professionally run environment.

It was Saracens’ turn to stage the first event of the season last weekend, with Hendon hosting 24 teams who strutted their stuff across an Under-12 and Under-11 festival.

In the U11 competition, Maidenhead demonstrated plenty of effort and skill and were rewarded with overall victory.

Captain Harry Turner watched his side win all four of their games on the day and was proud of their performances.

“I play rugby because I enjoy it, but it’s also great to win the competition and play at Saracens,” said Turner.

“It’s the first game of the season for some of us, so to hit the ground and running and play so well is a bit surprising.

“I’ve played for the club for six years and this year is one of the best teams we’ve had.

“We won our first game of the tournament by seven tries and I scored two of them, so I’m really happy.”

Participating players at the festival also had the opportunity to meet young Saracens stars Ali Crossdale and Ralph Adams-Hale who took time out of their schedule to watch the young teams and offer tips along the way.

Crossdale commented on the importance of grassroots rugby. He said: “I played in numerous Land Rover tournaments when I was younger and they’re always great days.

“It’s great to see the kids enjoying themselves. They’re competitive but most of them just want to have a good time, and the chance to play right next to Allianz Park is inspiring.

“It’s essential grassroots rugby continues to get support and tournaments like the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup are a crucial part of that.”

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