30 November 2005
The Child Victims of Crime Tag Rugby programme scooped the top prize at the recent Sportsmatch Awards evening at the City of Manchester Stadium.
Child Victims of Crime is the charity of the British Police rugby section and it aims to help youngsters who have been victims of or witnesses to crime. It was established in 1993 and is adminstered by a board of trustees.
The CVOC Tag Rugby Festival is run in association with the Rugby Football Union and is the only national Tag Rugby festival in the UK. Tag rugby is a non-contact version of the sport and has proved an effective and popular way of introducing new players to rugby.
Regional tournaments are held around the country, culminating in a finals day on The Close at Rugby School, the famous ground where William Webb Ellis first picked up an ran with a football and so gave birth to the sport of rugby.
The Child Victims of Crime Tag Rugby programme took the overall award and was the Youth Sports Section winner at the Sportsmatch presentation evening.
Sportsmatch is a government initiative which matches pound-for-pound sponsorship money raised for community sports schemes.
Other rugby winners at the Sportsmatch presentation evening included Ashfield RFC from Nottinghamshire who were runners-up to the CVOC Tag project in the Youth Sports section.
Ashfield have forged close links with their local community, utilising their facilities for community use. They have also encouraged the development of rugby in local schools, notably the Ashfield and Quarrydale Schools.
Portland College from Nottinghamshire were runners-up in the Disabled Sports category for their wheelchair rugby project. Portland have worked closely with Steve Smith, the former RFU Rugby Development Officer for Nottinghamshire and now his successor Pete Shaw, to develop wheelchair rugby.
That culminated in the successful staging of a wheelchair rugby tournament involving sides from the continent in Nottingham in September.
Hinckley RFC were runners-up in the schools sports category for their after-school/ club liaison scheme.
The awards were presented by former England footballer Stuart Pearce, now manager of Manchester City.