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Pupils tackle numbers at the Premiership Final

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Pupils at Costessey Junior School will represent the Leicester Tigers when the Aviva Tackling Numbers programme takes centre stage at Twickenham on Saturday.

More than 150 children from across the country will take part in games of tag rugby at headquarters during half-time of the Aviva Premiership Final.
They will include children at Costessey Junior School in Norwich, who have been taking part in Aviva Tackling Numbers this season with Tigers.
The programme sees Tigers coaches introducing maths in a fun and engaging way and exposing children to numbers outside of the regular classroom environment.

Matthew Maguire, Premiership Rugby programme manager for Aviva Tackling Numbers, said: “We have had great success with children engaging with maths, where they hadn’t before, and it reflects well with Aviva’s aim of teaching financial literacy.

“By using professional rugby players and coaches, we can show them that a game of rugby is using maths for 80 minutes.

“You’re not only using maths to travel to a game but to buy snacks when you’re there.  It shows them that maths and numbers are all around you and have real world applications.”

Debbie Bullock, Aviva UK community investment manager, said: “As the main sponsor, we were looking for a community element to our sponsorship and the Tackling Numbers programme played very strongly with our financial services industry.

“Teaching children about numbers is building the foundations for better financial skills later in life.

“It is great that the clubs can deliver the programme and we’ve had brilliant feedback from teachers who’ve said the resources they’re using are great.

“The resources are also available to download so even if your school isn’t in an area covered by a rugby club you can still access the programme.”

“We’ve been really happy to hear of the teachers recommending the resources to colleagues and the number of schools we’ve been able to support in just two years is brilliant.”