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Holy Trinity Pewley Down School in Guilford took runners up position at the London South RFU YAZOO Regional Tag Rugby Festival.
The event, attended by approximately 250 girls and boys from across the surrounding area, took place at Reigate RFC.
The festival is one of the highlights of an on-going campaign by the RFU and YAZOO Primary School Programme, designed to encourage the nation’s children to participate in sport and pursue healthier lifestyles. The winning team from Stanley Primary School in Teddington and the runners up from Holy Trinity Pewley Down School in Guilford have secured a place at the National Tag 2 Twickenham Final, now in its 10th year, at the birth place of rugby, Rugby School on Wednesday July 11.
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 which started Tag 2 Twickenham in 2002. The charity funds the training of over 600 police staff a year to coach YAZOO 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 comments: “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 comments: “It’s always a pleasure to come down to the Tag 2 Twickenham festivals and interact with all the kids on the pitch. There has been some great rugby skills demonstrated today so I’m sure we’ve seen some stars of the future here.
“I’ve been involved with the programme for over four years and am proud to be a part of what is now the biggest tag rugby scheme in England.”
In the last two years alone YAZOO, the RFU and CVOC have brought Tag Rugby to nearly two million children as well as donating balls, tag belts and other equipment to thousands of schools across the country. The Tag 2 Twickenham rugby finals have been running for the past eight years and it is now one of the biggest primary school events of its kind in the country.
For more information please visit www.yazoo.co.uk, www.rfu.com or www.cvoc.org.uk