Under 14s Rugby Sevens Pick Up Shield
Stamford School’s Under 14s Sevens team took home the Matt Hampson Shield after a successful tournament at Leicester Tigers’ ground. The Welford Road tournament featured corporate and school sides from across the Midlands, and Stamford School managed an impressive second place overall.
The tournament was organised to help raise money for the Matt Hampson Foundation. Matt was an international rugby player and former Leicester Tiger player who was tragically injured, leaving him paralysed from the neck down. He has since dedicated his time to raising millions of pounds and inspiring other people who have been seriously injured in sport.
The Stamford School team played some outstanding rugby and only lost one match to the eventual winners. They beat Leicester Grammar School 27-22, Langley School 24-7 and drew with Greshams 19-19. Unfortunately, a poor start saw them go down 4 scores to 2 against Oakham. They bounced back to hammer Greshams 24-7 in a great display in the Shield Final. Stamford "Man of the tournament" was Ewan Hatt, who scored the try of the day in the final.
Captain David Jennings was pleased with their performance, commenting, "It was a fantastic experience to play in a final at Welford Road. We know we under-performed for one half against Oakham and that was the difference. All in all the guys had a brilliant day and we supported a great cause.”
Matt Hampson wristbands are still available from the school shop for just £1 - please pop along and grab a few!