The ever increasing youth rugby scene got a huge boost this week when a new international competition was introduced.
Conyers Dill & Pearman have launched the Conyers Youth Cup, an annual international rugby tournament between the Cayman Islands Rugby Union and Bermuda Rugby Football Union which will provide young players from both countries with the opportunity to compete at an international level.
The Conyers Youth Cup launch follows the success of last year’s visit of the Bermuda juniors here.
Conyers immediately saw the benefit of holding an annual tournament and started discussions with both unions in order to allow this opportunity for local mini rugby to continue and flourish.
The law firm will donate $20,000 per year in a multi-year sponsorship to the unions as title sponsors of the tournament.
The tournament will serve as a season highlight with the top players from each country selected to compete on the representative sides each year.
The cup will initially be contested by boys in the Under-10, U12 and U14 age groups, and it is possible that this will be expanded to include girls of the same age and an U16 age group.
Cayman Islands and Bermuda will alternate as hosts for the tournament, with Bermuda hosting the inaugural games next week.
Richard ‘Grizz’ Adams, Technical Director of the Cayman Rugby Union, said: ‘The fact that our two rugby nations can cement such an arrangement with the financial support of Conyers Dill & Pearman is a testament to our commitment to developing not just strong, fit and healthy rugby players but strong model citizens.
‘It is an opportunity for players to act as international ambassadors and form friendships and connections with players from overseas. The same players who will meet at eight years of age may still be playing against each other twenty years later.’
Michael Montgomery, Chairman of the Bermuda Rugby Football Union, said: ‘Offering young players the opportunity to meet and play against players from other countries is an important part of their overall development. Knowing they will face international competition is a great incentive for players to train and play to the best of their ability during the season.
‘The Bermuda mini rugby programme has seen steady growth over the past few years and we look forward to its continued growth over the years to come.’
Richard Finlay, Managing Partner of Conyers in the Cayman Islands, said of the firm’s decision to back the initiative: ‘The Conyers Youth Cup will play an important role in the development of young players in both countries as well as in the continued growth of rugby across the region.
‘Conyers has a history of supporting local programmes. We are proud to support the efforts of both unions in giving our young athletes the best opportunities to succeed and look forward to seeing rugby in the Cayman Islands continue to progress.’