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Freeport rugby club hosts eighth annual junior festival

The Freeport Rugby Football Club (FRFC) will host its 8th Annual Junior International Rugby Festival this weekend, May 19 and 20, at the rugby club on East Settler’s Way in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Shown from left during a press conference at the Freeport Rugby Football Club are FRFC Youth Officer Stephen Sheehan; Narrissa Lockhart from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture; Jay Philippe from the Ministry of Tourism; FRFC President Rob Speller; and Nuvolari Chootosingh from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. The 50-year-old club will welcome over 400 players and parents to Grand Bahama this weekend. FREEPORT RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama — The Freeport Rugby Football Club (FRFC) will host its 8th Annual Junior International Rugby Festival this weekend, May 19 and 20. Teams from the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, New Providence and Key Biscayne, Florida, will travel to play in the two-day tournament that will take place at the rugby club located on East Settler’s Way in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

This annual exhibition is a great showcase for the sport and will feature players from eight to 16-years-old.

The festival is a culmination of months of dedication from Freeport’s coaching staff, players and leadership group. Youth Development Officer Stephen Sheehan, who was hired to promote the club’s rugby and soccer programs, has made a significant impact on the island. Sheehan has set up programs at Jack Hayward High, St. George’s High and Sunland Baptist Academy, to help instruct students about the game of rugby. With Sheehan on board, the club’s rugby and soccer programs have seen increased membership across the board, with youth athletes representing many of the island’s schools, including Bishop Michael Eldon, Jack Hayward, Lucayan International School, Sunland and Tabernacle Baptist Academy.

“Working for the rugby club has been a tremendous experience, and this is just the icing on the cake,” Sheehan said. “We look forward to two days of great rugby with new friends from all over the world.”

The event represents a fantastic tourism opportunity, as the club expects more than 400 players, coaches, parents and supporters to arrive on the island. The club extends its gratitude to its generous sponsors for the event, including The Bahamas Tourism Board; The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture; Pelican Bay; BTC; and GB Shipyard – all of whom have made this event possible with their generosity.

Club president Rob Speller said, “As a non-profit organization we rely on the goodwill of our members and sponsors; to enable all our youth programs to operate and to host such an event as the festival proves what we are doing at the club is working for the junior members. Our aim has always been to provide boys and girls in our community with a safe environment to play soccer and rugby.”

The club welcomes spectators to watch the action, which will kick off Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Photos and videos of the tournament will be posted on the club’s social media accounts.

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