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The team from Deddington C of E Primary School lifted the winners’ trophy at the South RFU YAZOO Regional Tag Rugby Festival this month.
The event, attended by approximately 250 girls and boys from across the surrounding area, took place at Newbury RFC on Thursday 21st June.
The festival is one of the highlights of an on-going campaign by the RFU & YAZOO Primary School Programme, designed to encourage the nation’s children to participate in sport and pursue healthier lifestyles.
The winning team from Oxfordshire and the runners up from Oakley C of E Junior School in Hampshire have secured a place at the tenth National Tag 2 Twickenham Final, at the birth place of Rugby, Rugby School on Wednesday 11th July 2012. England International and new Saracens wing, Chris Ashton, and former England International and Sale Sharks wing, Mark Cueto, will both be attending the event.
YAZOO and the RFU work in partnership with the national police children’s charity, Child Victims of Crime (CVOC), an initiative to keep children safe. 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 is on hand to support the young tag rugby talent and continue to build relationships within the community.
Trevor Koschalka at the Child Victims of Crime said: “Celebrating its 10th year of getting kids active, the Tag 2 Twickenham programme has seen 40,000 children aged 10 to 11 years play competitive tag rugby through the structure. Training of these children has been supported by police staff, RFU coaches and school teachers.
“Throughout this process an increased knowledge of CVOC and the Tackle Safety campaign has been achieved along with the benefit of using the sport to build community links and giving the officers an opportunity to be seen in a different light by parents and children, which has in turn benefited their community policing activities.”
Former England International, Mark Cueto the YAZOO Tag Rugby Ambassador and CVOC patron added: “It’s always a pleasure to come down to the Tag 2 Twickenham festivals and interact with all the kids on and off the pitch. There has been some great rugby skills demonstrated so I’m sure we’ve seen some stars of the future here.
“I’ve been involved with the programme for over five years and am proud to be a part of what is now the biggest tag rugby scheme in England.”
The winning team and the runners up from the Tag 2 Twickenham Final will have the chance to appear at the curtain raiser of the QBE International v Australia International at Twickenham Stadium on 17th November.
In the last five years alone YAZOO, the RFU and CVOC have brought Tag Rugby to over 1,000,000 children as well as donating tag belts, balls and other equipment to thousands of schools across the country.
For more information please visit www.yazoo.co.uk, www.rfu.com/schools www.cvoc.org.uk