First-ever beach rugby fest scores £2,100 for Exmouth RNLI

An inaugural beach rugby festival has raised an ‘amazing’ £2,104 for Exmouth RNLI. 

A host of teams featuring men, women and youngsters took part in the well-supported South West Beach Rugby event in June.

The group’s Matt Jess and his wife Sarah visited the town’s lifeboat station this week to hand over a cheque to the lifesaving charity and were given a tour.

The event, sponsored by local businesses, was a first for Exmouth and involved a mix of beach rugby tournaments.

On the first day, there were three separate contests with over 20 teams taking part; one for men, one for women and a mixed walking challenge.

Day two saw a mix of games for juniors, under-12s, under-13s, under-14s and under-16s that included a round-robin event.

Sarah said “The tournament was a fantastic couple of days of fun and games and we were very grateful that the local RNLI were involved from the beginning and entered a team.

“Matt and I would like to thank all those who supported it and we’re extremely happy to have raised this amazing amount for such an important local lifesaving charity.”

Exmouth RNLI coxswain Steve Hockings-Thompson said: “It was great to have this event taking place right outside the lifeboat station on two very enjoyable days in early summer. And so good to see so many supporters who came along and made it such an incredible success.

“I must thank  Matt, Sarah, their hard working team, and all those who came along to help raise this significant sum for us.”

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