The Barclays Wealth Veterans Super 10’s Tournament kicks off at Jersey Rugby Football Club next week and will see the hosts face a dozen visiting teams from the UK and France.

The tournament, which is in its 15th year, is supported by Barclays Wealth as part of the leading wealth manager’s sponsorship of Jersey Rugby Football Club. 

‘The team has been training hard in preparation for the tournament,’ said Jersey Veterans captain, Paul Kempster. ‘Thanks to Barclays Wealth, who are supporting this year’s event, we have been able to invite teams from across the UK and France to take part. It should be a great weekend and we hope lots of spectators will turn up to support us.’

The event, kicks off with group stages on Saturday 1st October, followed by knockout games on Sunday 2nd October. The teams will be watching the Rugby World Cup games from New Zealand on television before the action gets underway at around 11am on both days. Spectators are welcome and admission is free.

Tom Innes, spokesman for Jersey RFC, said:  ‘Although Jersey’s 1st team are grabbing the headlines with their climb up the leagues and the advent of professionalism, the Super 10’s remains a highlight of the calendar, and gives the over-35 brigade, those players who may claim they used to play a bit, the chance to roll back the years.

‘Even though most players may be a yard or more slower than in their prime, their relish for the social side of the game remains strong, and some hard partying after the final whistle is a feature of the event.’

In 2010, Gordon League, from Gloucestershire, won the main final (for the top-ranked teams after Saturday’s group games), beating Wimborne from Dorset. The bowl trophy (for middle ranked teams) was lifted by the Super Frelons from Rennes, France, beating HMP La Moye, while the plate competition (for lower-ranked teams) was won by Ossett, from Yorkshire, who beat Jersey Veterans.

Barclays Wealth will be supporting Jersey Rugby Football Club throughout the 2011-2012 season. ‘We are delighted to be supporting Jersey Rugby Football Club for the second successive year,’ said Richard Corrigan, director, Barclays Wealth. ‘The contribution this club makes to the community is vast, through its academy programme for youngsters and through its continued focus on providing a sporting spectacle which adults and children turn out to watch in their thousands.’

The teams taking part in this year’s event include Jersey, Guernsey, the Super Frelons from France, Denbigh from North Wales, and English teams such as Old Freemen’s (Surrey), Sheffield (Yorkshire) and St Agnes (Cornwall).