The Sainsbury's School Games is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport.
The Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at county/area level and a national finals event and rugby union is proud to be part of all levels of the games.
Rugby union and the School Games
Rugby union is a good fit for the School Games at all 4 levels:
- Level 1 is a great opportunity for schools to play inter-form or house matches in various formats. It doesn’t have to be contact 15-a-side either; touch rugby and sevens are ideal for teams within a secondary school to play each other before, during or after school.
- Level 2 is all about players representing their school regularly against other schools. This continues to be the bedrock of schools rugby union with young people having the chance to test their skills against players of similar standard. Inter-school rugby is where the values of teamwork, respect, discipline and sportsmanship really start to affect lives.
- Level 3 involves the county cup competitions as well as stepping stones to regional and national schools competitions. It is also the stage where the county festivals for MLD Tag Rugby, Girls Year 7 & 8, Year 9 & 10 and the Natwest Schools Cup Under 15 Vase and Cup take place.
- The Level 4 School Games event is a multi-sport event for the UK's elite young athletes of school age. The event features 12 current and future Olympic and Paralympic sports including girls rugby 7s, which has been included in the national School Games since 2011, and over 1,600 young sports stars are expected to take part. The 2013 event will take place from September 12-15, 2013 in Sheffield.