RUGBY: Saints’ Tag Rugby a great success

The young players enjoying tag rugby at Ashlawn Road
The young players enjoying tag rugby at Ashlawn Road

First tournament for schools at Rugby St Andrews

The inaugural inter-schools tag rugby tournament, organised and hosted by Rugby St Andrews RFC, was the fitting culmination to the club’s outreach coaching programme which has been running at four local schools.

For many Year 2 and 4 pupils this has been their first experience of tag rugby and they have made remarkable progress over the three to six weeks of preparatory coaching. Some 70 boys and girls, representing Rokeby, Paddox, English Martyrs and St Marie’s, played in two round- robin tournaments.

In perfect conditions the action was fast and furious with some excellent running, passing and tagging skills on display by both age groups.

The games were highly competitive but played in true sporting spirit, enjoyed by the exuberant and seemingly tireless players and a good crowd of enthusiastic family and friends, who offered plenty of vocal support and encouragement.

Participation certificates were awarded to all of the children by MP Mark Pawsey, who complimented the club on this ground-breaking initiative that had enabled so many youngsters to gain their first introduction to such an exciting sport and all the participants were a credit to their schools.

Saints’ Chairman of Minis and Juniors, John Parsons, thanked the schools , children and parents who made the day such a success and hoped that they would support any future events.

He pointed out the England schoolboy international shirts displayed in the clubhouse, donated by players who started their rugby with Saints Minis and went on to represent their country, and hoped that some of those who had participated would be suitably inspired to follow in their footsteps.

Anyone wanting more information on Rugby St Andrews RFC Minis and Juniors should contact John via email on johnparsons001@hotmail.com. If anyone would like to join in next season then why not come to training in September.