Pocklington RUFC Sevens set to be televised live

Action from last year's Pock Sevens
Action from last year's Pock Sevens

Arguably the biggest event in Pocklington RUFC’s calendar will be played out in front of an even bigger audience than usual this year when it is broadcast live on television.

The 58th John Smiths Pocklington Sevens will be screened on local Freeview channel Estuary TV, on Good Friday, March 25.

Explaining the decision to televise the tournament, Lia Nici, executive Producer at Estuary TV said: “We aired our first live sporting event at the beginning of the month when we showed the Hullensians v Bridlington RUFC local derby game.

“The response was so phenomenal from viewers that we have again worked with our local rugby union teams in order to air the Pocklington Sevens.

“Lots of teams from Estuary TV’s coverage area will be there and it’s such a great day.We are proud to be covering it.”

Adrian Styche, organiser of the tournament, feels that the extra coverage can only be a good thing for the club.

“It’s great that the interest in the Pock Sevens continues to grow both in mainstream and social media,” he said.

“We’re all looking forward to another big day at the club, and I’m sure all the viewers who tune in will join us in enjoying the event.”

In addition to the coverage from Estuary TV, the 2016 draw is also being supported by BT Sport.

Former Pocklington player Harry Allen is now a producer for the broadcaster and he has arranged for a couple of rugby personalities to undertake this year’s draw in the BT Sport studios.

The club say that preparations for the tournament are going well, and entries are filling up fast with the usual mix of local clubs and sides from further afield set to take part.

The day’s competition will be transmitted live on Freeview 8 and Virgin 159 on Estuary TV and will be repeated again on Easter Monday.

Anyone outside Estuary TV’s coverage area will also be able to watch it streamed live over the internet at estuary.tv/rugby