TAG RUGBY: 900 pupils enjoy festival at St Andrews

Wasps' Ian Isham and Paul Sackey with Year 3 children

Wasps' Ian Isham and Paul Sackey with Year 3 children

Schools from around Rugby have fun with young leaders and Wasps

Children from schools around the borough enjoyed a tag rugby festival on Thursday, organised by organised Harris CofE Academy School Sport Partnership.

Harris Year 9 young leaders

Harris Year 9 young leaders

The event for pupils from Years 3 and Year 6 was supported by Dave Lote, RFU development officer, who trained 45 young leaders at the start of the day and several volunteers from St Andrews RFC and Wasps RFC Community Team, as well as a number of Harris staff and sports coaches.

As a result of this support, over 900 youngsters were able to take part.

They attended from Abbots Farm Junior, Boughton Leigh Junior, Dunchurch Boughton Junior, Eastlands Primary, Knightlow Primary, Paddox Primary, Riverside Academy, St Maries Primary and Wolston St Margaret’s Primary. with Year 9 and Year 10 leaders from Ashlawn School and Harris CofE Academy.

Throughout the day young leaders from Ashlawn School and Harris Academy led warm ups, skills sessions, coached and refereed, organised equipment, used their initiative and even kept the site tidy.

Wasps with volunteers from St Andrews

Wasps with volunteers from St Andrews

The cold wind and rain showers did not dampen their enthusiasm and primary school teachers praised leaders for their excellent work.

There was additional excitement during the day as the schools were joined by special guests from Wasps RFC: Paul Sackey (rugby legend and retired England player), Alex Rieder (Wasps back row player) and Piers O’Conor (full back, Wasps senior Academy Player as well as their Community Development Manager Ian Isham, who kindly issued two tickets to each participating student for their next Wasps game which was on Saturday. It was a great day all round despite the chilly and wet autumnal weather!

The organisers would like to thank everyone who supported the event and helped to make it a success.

To find out more about Harris SSP, please visit: www.harriscofeacademy.co.uk/Home-Sports

Year 6 pupils at the festival

Year 6 pupils at the festival

Year 3 pupils enjoying the event at Ashlawn Road

Year 3 pupils enjoying the event at Ashlawn Road

Having fun and learning new skills

Having fun and learning new skills

More than 900 pupils took part in the festival last Thursday

More than 900 pupils took part in the festival last Thursday

A chilly day with rain at times didn't dampen spirits

A chilly day with rain at times didn't dampen spirits