Pupils learn about the birthplace of rugby in special World Cup schools programme

Youngsters have been learning about the birthplace of the game
Youngsters have been learning about the birthplace of the game

Hundreds of pupils have discovered the history of the birthplace of the game during a special Rugby World Cup schools programme.

The free schools programme has run throughout the tournament at the Rugby Village, in Old Market Place, and Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, with 2,600 children taking part.

The programme includes a film detailing Rugby’s Proud Home heritage, tag rugby taster sessions and a tour of the Art Gallery and Museum’s World Cup exhibitions.

Pupils also learn the rules of the game and discover how traditional rugby balls were manufactured before making a personalised miniature rugby ball to take home as a souvenir.

The sessions end with a commemorative class photograph - with pupils sporting traditional rugby caps - while each pupil receives a Proud Home goody bag.

The schools programme was devised by Rugby Borough Council’s sports development team and Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, and supported by CEMEX.

The two-and-a-half hour programme, tailored for key stage 2 pupils (eight to 11-year-olds), includes an education pack for teachers so pupils can carry on learning about the Proud Home after returning to the classroom.

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for economy, development and culture, said: “The Rugby World Cup has brought a host of benefits to the borough in terms of tourism but from the very beginning we wanted to make sure residents engaged with the event and enjoyed the tournament atmosphere in the town.

“Our schools programme has helped create a special World Cup memory for hundreds of pupils and given youngsters the chance to discover Rugby’s unique place in history as the birthplace of a game which has become a sport played by millions across the world.”

For more information about Rugby Art Gallery and Museum’s schools and education programmes, visit www.ragm.co.uk