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Players join pupils at Concrete Rugby festival

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Logovi'i Mulipola and Marcos Ayerza surprised three Leicestershire schools taking part in the first Aggregate Industries Concrete Rugby festival this week.

Humphrey Perkins School in Barrow upon Soar, Rushey Mead Academy in Leicester and Newbridge High School in Coalville were invited to take part in the round-robin tournament as part of the six week programme organised by Aggregate Industries, Tigers official partner, and the Tigers Foundation.
Held at Aggregate Industries' Bardon Hill HQ, pupils played competitive rugby matches against one another and were later joined by Aggregates staff to cheer them on. The two Tigers props were on hand to present the schools with their certificates for taking part as well as chat to pupils and staff.
Rushey Mead were also presented with a special signed ball for their Spirit of the Game. 
After a morning of rugby, kids and staff took part in the Speed Pass Challenge and matchday favourite The Ultimate Big Boot. They also had a lesson in tackling from the two Tigers stars with the inflatable Tigers Tackle Bag. 
The Anglo-Welsh Cup was also displayed in The Maul’s photobooth with Mulipola and Ayerza on hand to sign photographs.
Blaine Bonnin-Ward, Tigers rugby development officer, who runs the Concrete Rugby programme, said: “The first Concrete Rugby festival couldn’t have gone better. The pupils enjoyed themselves, there was some great rugby on show and to have Mulipola and Ayerza come along, was a real inspiration.

"We’re hoping to introduce the programme to over 1,000 pupils this season and can’t wait to organise many more festivals like this.”
Alex Thompson, head of PE at Humphrey Perkins School, said: “The team have been great and it’s been a real treat to see how far they have come over the past few weeks. The Concrete Rugby programme has been a real success and to meet some of the players today was a real surprise.”
Ritesh Bardolia, PE teacher at Rushey Mead School, added: “I’m very proud of our kids. Considering some of them had never picked up a rugby ball before, it was a delight to see them out there enjoying themselves.

"Concrete Rugby is a great way to introduce and engage youngsters in rugby and to be presented with a signed with a signed ball for our team spirit was just the icing on the cake.”
To get involved with Concrete Rugby email [email protected] or for more information on Aggregate Industries visit www.aggregate.com