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Youngsters brave elements at NBS Tag Rugby

Ten teams of primary school pupils took part in the latest Nottingham Building Society Tag Rugby Festival braving the winter weather at Leicester Forest RFC.

Boys and girls from eight primary schools were a part of the latest cohort of youngsters to enjoy six weeks of Tag Rugby sessions.

Parks School, Elizabeth Woodville, Sandfield, Stanton, Martinshaw, Eastfield, Glenfield and Broomfield came together for a celebration festival marking the end of the latest sessions with Tigers. 

The Leicester Forest ground, which boasts an artificial pitch played host to a round robin tournament which for many was their first taste of competitive tag rugby. 

Harry Dutton, a seven year old pupil from Stanton School, said: "I've played some rugby before but nothing against other people and schools we don't know so I was a little nervous but I had fun out there. 

"The lessons have been exciting and I've tried to help my school mates with learning to pass and score tries. 

Harry's teacher Eleanor Johnson added: "Leicester Tigers got in touch with us and asked if we wanted to get involved. I am a season ticket holder at Welford Road so I jumped at the chance to do it. 

"The children have been playing rugby in school, but to learn from some of the coaches. A few of the kids have been to Welford Road and experienced watching rugby so we hope to keep involved in the tag rugby sessions for years to come. 

The club’s rugby development officer Katie Trevarthen, who organises the programme in schools across Leicestershire also had a special ‘Magic Moment’ prize for one lucky winner who had demonstrated the true values of rugby. 

Celebrating the festival, Katie said: “It was fantastic to see so many kids enjoying themselves out there, even the weather was wet and windy. The event was my first festival having recently joined the community department and everyone came together for a great day of rugby. 

“The programme has been running for a number of seasons now and introduces thousands of youngsters to the game of Tag Rugby. With the support of the Nottingham Building Society, we can continue to reach even more kids in the future.”

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