Now in it's third year, the Braidholm 7s will once again provide a festival of rugby in the South of Glasgow on Saturday 25 May, with a mixture of social and elite teams competing for cash prizes.
Unlike many traditional tournaments which follow an 'invite only' format, the Braidholm 7s includes an 'open' event permitting anyone to apply for entry. The popularity of tournaments in this mould continues to grow and many of the bigger events that operate an open category have seen applications soar in recent seasons.
The introduction of sevens rugby into the Olympic programme for the 2016 games and the ongoing success of the IRB Sevens World Series have helped increase the sport's profile and tournaments like the Braidholm 7s are providing an opportunity for players of all standards to experience the excitement that sevens can bring.
The Braidholm 7s, based at the home of GHA Rugby Club in Glasgow, was introduced to the rugby calendar with the ambition of becoming Scotland's premier open tournament and this year's event has already generated a lot of interest with over half of the spots now filled, only a couple of weeks after registration opened.
Tournament organiser, Rangi Jericevich, said: "We originally launched the tournament as we felt that although there are some excellent club tournaments in Scotland, there are few that allow social and invitational sides to compete and so that is a gap that we've tried to fill.
"Clubs sides are of course more than welcome to enter also and last year saw Ardrossan Accies make it all the way to the Open final, only to be beaten by 'The Bal Rams' a mixture of boys from Biggar, GHK and Boroughmuir. It's this mixture of teams that helps make the tournament both exciting and unpredictable.
"Last year we also launched an elite event which was won by the Leicester Tigers Academy who defeated the Glasgow Hawks in the final so we cater for sides of all standards.
"With the Scottish leg the IRB 7s being moved to Glasgow this year, we hope that Braidholm will help to continue to build the popularity of 7s rugby in the Glasgow area as the city looks forward to hosting the Commonwealth Games Tournament in 2014. "
Registration for the Braidholm 7s is now open via the tournament website - www.braidholm7s.co.uk
Scotland are hosting the penultimate leg of the circuit at The Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s, which will take place at Scotstoun Stadium for the first time on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May.
Tickets for the tournament are on sale now from ?15 per day. All concessions are at half the equivalent adult price.
Tickets will be sold for particular stands and designated days, with two-day ‘weekend’ tickets also available. Click here to buy your tickets now.
For more information on the tournament and for the latest news on Scotland 7s visit www.glasgow7s.com and follow us on Twitter @Glasgow7s.
The Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s is part of the HSBC Sevens World Series. The event, led by Scottish Rugby, is a partnership with Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Council, the Scottish Government and Event Scotland with the assistance of sportscotland and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau:
Scottish Rugby works in partnership with sportscotland, the national agency for sport. In 2011, sportscotland invested a total of ?156,000 of National Lottery funding into Scottish Rugby’s 7s programme. sportscotland also supports Scottish Rugby 7s by providing high performance expertise through its institute network.