Event Information

With a passion for rugby and over 25 years experience organising some of the biggest and most prestigious youth sports festivals in the UK and Europe, our customers tell us that our tournament organisation is second to none.

From the moment you first call the ESF office, right through to the end of your tour, you can expect the highest standards of service from our team. If you need any assistance or advice at any stage please do not hesitate to contact us.

Festival Format

Festivals are played on the Saturday and Sunday with all teams playing games on both days. Full details of each individual age grade format will be emailed to all teams prior to the 2018 events taking place, but throughout the duration of each event the Tigers Challenge will be looking to celebrate clubs who demonstrate the true ethos of the game under our event criteria in keeping with the RFU Age Grade Rules and Guidelines.

The Tigers Challenge will be played under the RFU “New Rules of Play” guidelines, and the RFU “Age Grade Rules”.

AGE SECTIONS FORMAT RECOMMENDED SQUAD SIZE
U7 4-a-side 6
U8 6-a-side 8
U9 7-a-side 10
U10 8-a-side 12
U11 9-a-side 15
U12 12-a-side 20
U13 13-a-side 22
U14 15-a-side 22
U15 15-a-side 22
U13 GIRLS 7-a-side 10
U15 GIRLS 13-a-side 18

Day 1, Friday: Arrival Day

No rugby is played on the day of arrival. Accommodation units will be available from 4pm but teams can arrive on resort from Midday and use the facilities at Butlins.

There will be a full evening entertainment programme on the Friday. Our welcome meeting for coaches and party leaders will take place on Friday evening.

Tigers Challenge Kids Rugby

Tigers Challenge Rugby Scrum

Days 2 & 3, Saturday & Sunday

Saturday – Festival 1 will take place on the Saturday and from there teams will go forward to Festival 2 on the Sunday. Festival 2 incorporates the Tigers Challenge, Shield and Bowl. The event formats may vary depending on the number of teams registered in each Age Grade.

The celebrity presentation ceremony will take place on the Sunday evening. Teams can travel home on the Sunday evening or Monday morning.

Day 4, Monday: Departure Day

Check out of accommodation is 10.00am but you do not have to leave the resort until Midday, so there’s time for a final trip to Splash Waterworld or the Funfair.

Tigers Challenge

Team Entry Fees

There are no Team Entry Fees to enter the Tigers Challenge. All costs involved with staging the festival are included in the accommodation charges.