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TAG RUGBY: Swindon launch schools initiative
6:00am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Rugby
SWINDON Rugby Club volunteer coaches have launched a tag rugby initiative in six local primary schools, with sessions designed to integrate the sport into PE lessons.
Goddard Park, Gorse Hill, Shaw Ridge, Oliver Tomkins, Holy Rood, and Red Oaks took up the offer of support from the club back in April and the aim is now for all of the schools to take part in a tag rugby festival in July 2014, at the end of a year of hard work by pupils and teachers across the region.
Each school will be entering teams from years two, three, four and five to take part in matches refereed under RFU under seven and under eight rules.
“The initial reason for Swindon Rugby Club getting involved with primary schools was witnessing the ever growing number of four, five an six-year-old children enjoying the sport at the rugby club on Sunday mornings,” said organiser Steve George.
“Tag rugby lends itself brilliantly to get boys and girls playing a common sport and involving all sporting skill levels, and personalities.
“We are supporting the teachers and TAs to integrate tag rugby activities into PE and therefore make their Olympic legacy funding for PE stretch even further.
“With the target of a festival at the end of the school year, teachers and pupils have a common sporting aim.
“It is not solely about the physical exercise but also the core values the RFU instil in everyone involved - teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline, and safety.”
Any primary schools wishing to get involved with the scheme and festival in the future should contact George through Swindon Rugby Club.
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