The Lord Mayor of Oxford's Festival of Rugby, May 1st and May 2nd, 2021

Schedule of Events: Saturday 1st May

Men's Rugby

11am The Curtain Raiser

Oxford Brookes 3rd XV vs Oxford Brookes 4th XV

The following matches will be live streamed via pay per view at £3.99, all proceeds raised to go to the Lord Mayor's Charities (Oxfordshire Mind, Wood Farm Youth Centre & Ark-T)

Live Stream Link

11am The Lord Mayor's Bowl Competition

Oxford Quins 3rd XV vs Oxford Brookes Freshers XV

Live Stream Link

1pm The Lord Mayor's Plate Competition

Oxford Quins 2nd XV vs Oxford Brookes 2nd XV

Live Stream Link

3pm The Lord Mayor's Cup Competition

Oxford Brookes 1st XV vs Oxford Quins 1st XV

Live Stream Link

4:30pm Presentations of Trophies by The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Mark Lygo

Women's Rugby

1pm Turn up and Try Rugby Taster Session

Brookes Quins Partnership Women's Head Coach, Pat Metcalfe-Jones, will be running a non-contact rugby taster session with the Oxford Brookes Women's section and the Oxford Quins Women's & Girls' section.

No experience is needed, we're hoping that you'll turn up in a pair of trainers and a t-shirt and give rugby a go! You'll learn how to catch and pass a rugby ball and some of the fundamentals of the game. There will be no rugby tackling, this will be non-contact touch rugby.

Free to participate, but please do consider making a donation to the Lord Mayor's charities,  and open to women and girls of all abilities, come along and give rugby a try!

Text RUGBYLORDMAYOR to 70085 to donate £5!

#MoveWithMayorMark & Sy Wiggal!

1pm Join Oxford Quins Strength & Conditioning Coach, Sy Wiggal, for a post lockdown workout outdoors!

We've had a long lockdown and it's time to shake out the cobwebs.

Our Strength & Conditioning Coach, Sy Wiggal, will be leading an outdoor fitness session that will be open to all. Put on a pair of trainers and something comfortable and come and join in.

There is no cost to join the session but we will be asking participants to make a donation in support of the Lord Mayor's Charities, Oxfordshire Mind, Wood Farm Youth Centre and Ark-T, and Oxford Quins charity partners, SpecialEffect and BraveMind.

Text RUGBYLORDMAYOR to 70085 to donate £5

Schedule of Events: Sunday 2nd May

The Lord Mayor's Under 18 Rugby Cup

12:30pm Kick Off: The Lord Mayor's Under 18 XV vs Oxford Quins Academy Under 18s

On Sunday we'll be hosting a special match to complete the Lord Mayor's Festival of Rugby.

A selected Under 18 XV will represent the Lord Mayor, Mark Lygo, against Oxford Quins Academy U18s.

The winning side will be presented with the inaugural Lord Mayor's Under 18 Cup by Mark Lygo following the match.

Charity Partners

The Lord Mayor of Oxford's Charities

Text RUGBYLORDMAYOR to 70085 to donate £5

Oxfordshire Mind

Oxfordshire Mind is here to make sure anyone in Oxfordshire with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for advice and support.  They are one of 135 Local Minds across the UK who are part of the National Mind Federation. Oxfordshire Mind delivers services to support the mental health and wellbeing over 30,000 people a year.  These include housing, talking therapies, benefits advice, a confidential and free information line, courses, physical activity programmes, volunteering opportunities, and peer-support groups. Public attitudes towards mental health are improving, support is growing and mental health is high on the political agenda. Despite this there are an average of 16 suicides per day in the UK and this is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45. Oxfordshire Mind won’t give up until anyone experiencing a mental health problem is given both support and respect.

Donate to Oxfordshire Mind

Wood Farm Youth Centre

The Wood Farm Youth Centre was opened in 2001, after a nine year campaign to establish a youth centre for young people living in Wood Farm and Lye Valley. The WFYC is based in a portacabin which is located in the grounds of the Wood Farm Primary school and is managed by local residents. Prior to COVID 19 the WFYC ran three sessions a week, which were attended by sixty young people and children. The WFYC works in partnership with Youth Ambition ( Oxford City Council ) and the Bullingdon Community Centre. The youth centre is also used by the Wood Farm Parent and Toddler Group and other local community groups.


Ark-T offers a range of creative and well-being focussed programmes in the local community. Based in Cowley, Oxford, Ark-T operate from two centres that are also available for hire (experiencing dramatic income loss due to the pandemic). People and creativity join together to improve their mental health, learn leadership skills and create a future free from inequality and poverty. Working with Waste2Taste and Flo's throughout the pandemic to deliver over 10,000 food packages to households in need.

Donate to Ark-T

Oxford Quin's Charity Partners


SpecialEffect bring fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with disabilities by helping them to play video games!

Donate to Special Effect


Brave Mind's vison is that rugby plays a leadership role in embracing matters of mental health and provding a 'stigma free' environment to share, support and heal.

Brave Mind's mission is to make talking about and supporting one another with mental health the norm in the rugby community.

Shop for Brave Mind Hoodies, T-shirt and Beanies

Coronavirus Restrictions and Guidance

All particpants are reminded to adhere to restrictions and guidance in place on the day. Please observe social distancing and mask requirements at all times when off the pitch. During activities please adhere to the relevant gudiance as provided by your sport's governing body. Please adhere to the published guidance at all times when on site.

Participants wishing to use the Oxford Harlequins Bar & Beer Garden are reminded to observe current guidance at all times: for test & trace purposes, please sign in using the NHS app via the QR codes shown on the tables and around the site. You must be sat at designated tables in groups of 6, from where you will be served by our bar staff. 

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