Barbados Midland 7s

Sutton Coldfield RFC

Last Updated: May 26, 2014 10:51am
Sutton New Hall, Birmingham
By Jim Haywood
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The Roger Smoldon Ground, home of Sutton Coldfield RFC will be transported to the warmth of a Caribbean summer between May 31st and June 1st this year when the Barbados Midland 7s come to town.

The event has been several months in the planning and includes a beer festival across the weekend, a major rugby 7s tournament attracting teams from Pro, social and ladies and all with a prize pot of £2,000!

“We’ve been working hard to build this event,” said Simon Yeo, club secretary. “What started as a simple idea soon attracted some sponsors and other events and has grown into an ambitious project in its first year. Pulling in the likes of Red Bull, Barbados and a number of other big sponsor names has been a real shot in the arm for the event” 

“With the help and support of the sponsors we’ve been able to keep entry costs down to just £5 per player and make this a really great event in the build up to the Commonwealth Games, the Rugby World Cup next year and the Olympics in Rio 2016, all of which will have Rugby played in them”

Jim Haywood, Chairman of Directors added “The event is well supported and is a big part of our International ambitions. We’ve worked hard to be on the short list as a team base for the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and really enjoy our ever growing ties with Barbados as they head off to the Commonwealth games”

The event which is open to all has more to offer than just sevens rugby, exciting as it is. The whole weekend sees the Sutton Coldfield Beer festival run throughout, there’ll be a real Barbadian feel to proceedings with the Barbados island experience highlighting food and products from Barbados and highlighting life on this magical island paradise.

The Saturday evening also sees the live Ruck Fest event where five local bands, Abberline,

Austin ,  Jakers, Lyre,  Minimum ,The Rails and the Tom Walker Trio play for the crowds raising funds for the Sutton Coldfield based Norman Laud Association. 


“We’ve got everything in place for a great event” continued Jim Haywood. “There are still a few places available if teams want to join the fray and there’s free camping on site too, it’s a real festival feel.”


We are looking for some support still from local businesses with the Barbados team. The Barbados RFU has limited funds and the players rely on support for major events. Sutton Coldfield RFC are supporting the guys as are Crossfit B76 who are based on site at the RSG. Gary Smith and Leigh Jeffries of Crossfit B76 are providing some well directed gym sessions to provide the Barbados team with top class fitness for the Common Wealth games.


Gary said, “Crossfit B76 are hoping to be involved with Sutton Coldfield RFCs bid to be a team base in 2015 and know our facilities are up tot eh standards required for international rugby players. To be able to offer these to Barbados is a great thing for us to do”


Leigh also commented, “We’ve worked with Barbados before when they prepared for the Hong Kong 7s and really enjoyed them being with us. We’re really looking forward to seeing them all again”.


The team will be staying in the Sutton Coldfield area in the lead up to the Commonwealth games and need support with 8 inflatable beds and bedding during their stay. 


“We’d love to be able to get some help from local business to supply this. We’re looking for around £400 in total to help them on their way”, said Jim Haywood. The club is able to accommodate them, it’s just this little extra we need.


Any teams wishing to enter should contact Jim Haywood at 

This address should also be used for any business who could support Barbados with their stay in Sutton Coldfield as they prepare for the Common Wealth games in Glasgow later this summer.



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