30,000 people flock to seventh Bournemouth 7s festival

TRYING: Action from the 7s Festival

TRYING: Action from the 7s Festival

First published in News by , Chief Reporter

BILLED as the world’s largest sporting and music festival by its organisers, revellers flocked to the seventh Bournemouth 7s Festival over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Some 30,000 people headed to Chapel Gate for the event, which featured a host of sports as well as music and entertainment.

More than 360 teams took part in 28 tournaments, from elite to social competitions across four sports – rugby, netball, dodgeball and hockey.

As the sporting action drew to a close, live bands and DJs came to the fore, as party-goers, many in fancy dress, enjoyed the weekend.

There were 10 separate arenas across the event, with the Big Top Dance Tent new for this year’s event.

Roger Woodall CEO of Bournemouth 7s, said: “Following on from the huge sell-out success of 2013, it has to be said that this year’s festival was truly amazing.

“We are always looking for ways to better the festival experience each year and 2014 was no exception. This year’s festival was another sell-out with a staggering 30,000 people, 366 teams and 10 festival arenas hosting live acts and DJs all weekend. We have already received some incredible feedback from our sponsors, teams and festival goers and the planning for 2015 has already started, so watch this space.”

Sophie Christy, MD of Bournemouth 7s, added: “We cannot believe that the weekend has already come and gone already. Without doubt, this has been the most successful festival to date with so many global brands coming on board to offer festival goers a unique experience.”

She said the support of sponsors and locals had been “overwhelming”.

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12:35pm Thu 29 May 14

MrPitiful says...

A fantastic event - well organised and enjoyed by everyone I saw there.

Bournemouth council events people should go along and take some notes - maybe they would learn something about how to organise and co-ordinate big events for the future.
A fantastic event - well organised and enjoyed by everyone I saw there. Bournemouth council events people should go along and take some notes - maybe they would learn something about how to organise and co-ordinate big events for the future. MrPitiful
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5:14pm Thu 29 May 14

alasdair1967 says...

Mmmgh second largest bank holiday event in the local area and it's only taken until Thursday to report on it
Mmmgh second largest bank holiday event in the local area and it's only taken until Thursday to report on it alasdair1967
  • Score: 2

6:12pm Thu 29 May 14

alasdair1967 says...

Only worthy of 9 paragraphs and one picture ,compared to the other large event in the town, that was thrust down our throats prior during and after the event
Only worthy of 9 paragraphs and one picture ,compared to the other large event in the town, that was thrust down our throats prior during and after the event alasdair1967
  • Score: 3

1:41am Fri 30 May 14

MrPitiful says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
Only worthy of 9 paragraphs and one picture ,compared to the other large event in the town, that was thrust down our throats prior during and after the event
A poor picture at that as well. Yes it was fairly muddy on a part of the festival for most of the Saturday but come Sunday, it had dried out a lot and with the sun shining it wasa true festival atmosphere.

The standard of rugby was top class and the tents providing entertainment were enjoyed by many. Some of them weren't my cup of tea but each to their own.

Better pics are now on the 7s facebook page anyway.
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: Only worthy of 9 paragraphs and one picture ,compared to the other large event in the town, that was thrust down our throats prior during and after the event[/p][/quote]A poor picture at that as well. Yes it was fairly muddy on a part of the festival for most of the Saturday but come Sunday, it had dried out a lot and with the sun shining it wasa true festival atmosphere. The standard of rugby was top class and the tents providing entertainment were enjoyed by many. Some of them weren't my cup of tea but each to their own. Better pics are now on the 7s facebook page anyway. MrPitiful
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