Bi-annual International Rugby Tournament
From the early 80’s Overton has entertained foreign teams from all corners of Europe, and even hosted a Canadian team on tour in the UK.
From 1991 the club decided to hold a bi-annual festival, which grew to encompass all sections of the club. To make this FestOval “different”, the emphasis from the start was aimed at European rugby teams, and so far we have had teams from many countries including: Denmark, Holland, France, Belgium, Scotland, Siberia, Romania, Czech Republic, and Germany. Many of them have asked to return!! Uniquely, all ages of the club were involved in this tournament – from local schools playing Tag Rugby and teams from U7 to U16 plus mens’ sides.
The “FestOval” is not only a major fund-raising event for the club, it has also become a part of the local community calendar, drawing in thousands of local people over a long weekend of non-stop rugby, live music, big BBQs and events. Touring teams bring friends and family who stay with local families, or in local halls or hostels. Overton, Freefolk and Whitchurch’s hospitality has gone international.
A major event to host with over 5,000 visitors, the FestOvals have stretched the clubs resources’ to the limit on occasion, with flooded pitches, a disorderly Welsh team(!!) and the Foot and Mouth crisis of 2001 – when the whole FestOval was moved to Whitchchurch School, including the posts!!
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ENTER A TEAM INTO THE 2015 FESTOVAL (1-3 May 2015) PLEASE EMAIL ROGER FILBEY AT firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous Winners of Overton International FestOval
- 1991 Foucini Romania
- 1993 Boitsfort Belgium
- 1995 Overton
- 1997 Overton
- 1999 Overton
- 2001 US Neuvic France
- 2003 Inverleith, Scotland
- 2005 Ostrava Czech Republic
- 2007 Perrywinkles
- 2009 Overton
- 2011 Overton
- 2013 Overton