- Chris Ashton and Emma Croker star attractions at Yazoo Tag 2 Twickenham Final
- Stanley Primary School from Teddington triumph at Rugbyb School
Photo: RFU Archive
Stanley Primary School from Teddington in London lifted the winners’ cup yesterday for the third time at the RFU YAZOO National Tag 2 Twickenham final after 240 children from 20 primary school teams across England battled it out at Rugby School, the birthplace of rugby.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the programme and the finalists also have a chance to appear at the curtain raiser of the second QBE International of the autumn when England face Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 17.
As well as action on the pitch, the event was attended by England stars Chris Ashton and Emma Croker.
Wing Ashton, who has recently joined Saracens, said: “ It’s an honour to have been invited to be part of the Tag 2 Twickenham finals and see all these kids who’ve travelled from across England to get involved. The commitment from teams and teachers is fantastic, there’s some real rugby talent and future England stars out there playing.”
Croker, who plays hooker for England and most recently returned to international action for the triumphant European Cup campaign just four months after having her first child, Lucy, added: “It’s a great pleasure to be involved with events like this.
“As a teacher myself, and a new mum, it is fantastic to see so many boys and girls enjoying this great game and having fun. I have been really impressed with the standard and I hope they all continue to stay involved in the sport.”
Photo: RFU Archive
The RFU and YAZOO Primary School Programme is designed to encourage children to participate in rugby. They work in partnership with the national police children’s charity, Child Victims of Crime (CVOC), an initiative to keep children safe which started Tag 2 Twickenham back in 2002. The charity funds the training of over 600 police staff a year to coach tag rugby in primary schools. To support the festivals a police officer from each area will be on hand to support the young talent and continue to build relationships within the community.
CVOC Patron, former England player and Sale Sharks captain Mark Cueto added: “CVOC started Tag 2 Twickenham 10 years ago and is now the largest school tag rugby scheme in England. Programmes like this encourage kids to lead active and healthy lifestyles.
“On top of that, the CVOC ensure that the scheme continues to develop community relationships, which benefit everyone. It’s fantastic to recognise the results and see the kids in action.”
In the last three years alone, RFU, CVOC and YAZOO have brought the programme to nearly two million children as well as donating balls, tag belts and other equipment to thousands of schools across the country.