24th Nov, 2020

Festival: Rugby, street food, live music and more at Bromsgrove event in aid of Harry Bennett Foundation

Harry Leach 10th Sep, 2020 Updated: 10th Sep, 2020

A RUGBY festival will be held at Finstall Park this weekend in aid of the Harry Bennett Foundation – named after a popular Bromsgrove teenager who died earlier this year, aged 16.

The event from 1pm to 10pm on Saturday will feature touch rugby tournaments, live music and delicious grub from vendors The Hangry Moose and Ascott’s Street Food.

Visitors will be able to donate to the foundation, set up to help sporting individuals and groups achieve their dream, as they enter the festival.

Harry was much-loved by his family and friends for his outgoing personality and was very active, playing for Kings Norton Rugby Club and football for Meadow Park FC.

He previously played for Bromsgrove Sporting’s youth teams, Bromsgrove Rugby Club and also played cricket.

Bromsgrove Rugby Club first team coach, Dan Protherough, said: “Harry’s dad, Andrew, has been involved with the club for a number of years and Harry was here as a junior.

“The foundation is very much aligned with what we are as a local sports club.

“We both provide a fantastic opportunity for youngsters to get involved in sport.”

The event is also part of Rugby Football Union’s national campaign aimed at getting people back to playing rugby.

There will be junior, veterans and elite competitions held throughout the day.

Dan added: “If it wasn’t for coronanvirus we would be playing league rugby by now.

“We will put out tables and make sure everyone is socially distanced to be covid-secure.”

Harry’s family won’t be attending the event, which runs from 1pm to 10pm, as they have had a busy few weeks of raising cash for the foundation.

They have been running tombolas, selling t-shirts and helping organise a six-a-side tournament at South Bromsgrove High School.

In October they will be holding a silent auction.

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