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Excitement builds ahead of pupils' big day

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North Wootton Primary School is one of three schools in the Tigers region preparing for their big day out at Twickenham.

Pupils from North Wootton and Gaywood primary schools in King's Lynn and Newbold Verdon Primary School in Leicestershire will showcase their tag rugby talents in front of 82,000 fans at half-time of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final.

The schools will be representing Tigers in celebration of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme.

They will be demonstrating the abilities they picked up during the course of the season with the help of Tigers coaches and their teachers.

Sean Wright, North Wootton PE teacher, said: “When our coach from Leicester Tigers Justin Loveridge suggested it to us, the kids were so excited.

“The children absolutely loved the programme and out of the 90 who were involved probably only a handful had played before but now a lot more are keen on the game.

“The programme ran for six weeks, once it was rained off so Justin came back and honoured the session.

“At the start of the programme I didn’t know going to Twickenham was on the cards, I only found out when Justin asked us if we would we like to go.”

The Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme helps the children take the next step and join a club.

West Norfolk RFC is North Wootton’s nearest and after a successful transition day more pupils are playing outside of school hours.

“For the introduction day at West Norfolk we got a big turn out and all the youngsters enjoyed that,” added Mr Wright.

“But rugby at the school is now part of the curriculum too, for years three and four.

“We already had some very limited tag rugby equipment but we got another pack through the programme which means more students can play the game.

“Non-contact for this age is great because they can learn the basic skills before they chuck themselves on the floor playing at high school.

“Also because we promote kindness and respect in school we don’t really want them rugby tackling each other at break time and it’s also brilliant fitness.”

More information on the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme is available here