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Festival supports tag rugby programme

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Six primary schools have taken part in a tag rugby festival as part of a programme organised by Leicester Tigers and The Nottingham Building Society to get youngsters into rugby.

A total of 120 children from across Leicestershire met at South Leicester RFC in Wigston on Friday to take part in The Nottingham Building Society Tag Festival, which followed five weeks of coaching from Tigers development coaches.
Launde Primary, Parkland Primary, Thythorn Field Primary, St Thomas More, All Saints CofE Primary and Brocks Hill Primary pupils enjoyed an afternoon of putting the skills they’d learnt into practice, cheered on by supporting teachers and parents.
Dom Owen, rugby development officer at Tigers, organised the event and said: “The festival is a great way to bring all the schools together and play against one another. It’s always great to see the progress the kids make in just six weeks and who knows, some of our stars of the future may be out there on the field now.”
Samantha Rudin, senior customer advisor at The Nottingham Building Society’s Wigston branch, said: “The aim of the programme is to get kids more involved with rugby, but also for The Nottingham Building Society to show our support for the community and local schools.
“We’re relatively new in the area, but already we’ve seen our profile grow thanks to initiatives like the tag festival, so it’s great to have such a positive impact.”
Kate Tuttle, deputy head of All Saints CofE Primary, said: “It’s been difficult to pick the teams because everyone wants to play! Talking to one of the parents, her child has already said he wants to get involved with rugby, and it’s been great to see so many girls enjoying rugby – my team is mostly girls.”
Caroline and Janet, parents supporting children from Thythorn, added: “Our kids already play for South Leicester but we know all the pupils have been really looking forward to this. Having a Tigers coach come into the school has been really good for them and we hope the tag festivals continue.”
Stewart Payne, under-15s coach at South Leicester, said: “This is where it all starts so it’s great to see so many kids out on the field. We have some great facilities here to support grassroots rugby. It’s fantastic to see so many girls out there too. Events like this are all about increasing numbers to feed all our clubs.”
All participants received a branded Tigers T-shirt and goody bag.
For further information about The Nottingham Building Society Tag Rugby Programme contact Dominic Owen by phoning 0116 217 1328 or email [email protected]