Primary school pupils in Leicestershire took part in a Nottingham Building Society Tag Rugby Festival at Leicester Forest RFC last week.
Youngsters from Broomfield Primary, Mercenfeld Primary, Glebelands Primary, Newtown Linford Primary, Glenfield Primary and Elizabeth Woodville Primary schools played in a round-robin festival as part of a programme which introduces primary school students to rugby.
Following five weeks of coaching from Leicester Tigers coaches, the pupils shared in a fun-filled day in what for many of them was a first taste of playing rugby against other teams.
Nottingham Building Society has teamed up with Leicester Tigers to provide free primary school programmes around the region which aim to introduce the sport to youngsters as well as encouraging them to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Dom Owen, rugby development officer at Tigers who runs the programme, said: “It’s been great to see all the youngsters out on the field. In just a few weeks they’ve all come on leaps and bounds. A huge thanks goes, too, to the teachers and parents who have supported them.
“Already this season, we’ve been involved with more than 50 schools in and around Leicestershire, which shows a great appetite for rugby in our local primary schools.
“Thanks to the Nottingham Building Society, we hope to be able to continue to provide our programmes well into the future.”
“It’s been great to see all the youngsters out on the field. In just a few weeks they’ve all come on leaps and bounds"Dom Owen