YOUNGSTERS from Marlborough RFC and Coleme Panthers RFC played a part in creating history as they participated in this weekend’s Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup, hosted by Bath Rugby, writes DORA ALLDAY.

Since being launched during the 2008-09 season, the nationwide grassroots rugby event has seen more than 70,000 children take part.

This season sees the 10th anniversary edition of the event – the ‘Testimonial Season’ – with Bath Rugby hosting the final festival in Trowbridge on Sunday.

The teams were one of more than 30 U11 and U12 teams in attendance, and even got the chance to strut their stuff in front of Bath players Levi Douglas, Jack Wilson and Max Wright, who were casting their eyes over the next generation of stars.

And while they missed out on the chance to attend the upcoming Aviva Premiership Rugby Final, despite displaying plenty of skill and effort, 11-year-old Jack Robins insisted he had loved every minute of the experience.

““I have been playing for five years,” said the Kennet Valley School pupil. “I just love the contact and the hooking, I just love it.

“We’re all great friends here. We all have a laugh and mess around with each other.

“I support Bath Rugby. It would be amazing to meet the players.”

Teams from across the country have competed at various festivals hosted by the 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs this season, with the opportunity to earn a trip to the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final on May 26, where they will meet a Land Rover rugby ambassador, join in a Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup Parade at half-time and hear which of them has won a club MVP award.

And despite missing out, Marlborough and Coleme Panthers did at least get the chance to rub shoulders with rugby’s elite in Douglas, Wright and Wilson, with the former admitting he had been impressed with what he had seen, in particular stressing the importance of grassroots rugby.

“It all starts at events like these, 100 per cent. This is where you develop your love for the sport,” he said.

“Even having us boys coming down here to talk to the kids would mean a lot to me growing up, it just inspires you to carry on and see the point you can get to.

“This is laying the foundations.

“It is a surreal feeling, it still hasn’t sunk in, but it’s an amazing opportunity and we’re just hoping to inspire these kids and see some of them go on to do the same thing.”

Land Rover is celebrating its ‘Testimonial Season’; ten years of the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup. The national series of grassroots rugby festivals is testament to Land Rover’s continued support of grassroots rugby through its ‘We Deal In Real’ campaign. Follow @LandRoverRugby #WeDealInReal