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Midlands schools in hunt for Twickenham appearance

01 July 2013

  • Midlands schools looking to make Twickenham bow
  • Finals Day will be held at Rugby School on July 10

Three Midlands schools are through to the national Finals Day of the RFU Tag 2 Twickenham competition at Rugby School on Wednesday, July 10.

The tournament, which is run in partnership with the embrace Child Victims of Crime charity, is now in its 11th year and gives youngsters from across the country a rare opportunity to play at the birthplace of the sport of rugby union.

The finals day will involve 288 children from 24 primary schools across the country and the two finalists will get the chance to appear in a curtain-raiser before England’s QBE International against Australia at Twickenham Stadium in November.

The three Midlands schools already through to Finals Day at Rugby School on July 10 are Swanwick Primary School from Derbyshire, Heritage Park Primary School from Peterborough and Rothersthorpe Church of England Primary School from Northamptonshire.

During the tournament, which provides Finals Day qualifiers from a series of regional festivals, the RFU works closely with the national police children’s charity, Child Victims of Crime, 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, a non-contact version of rugby, in primary schools.

To support the festivals a police officer from each area is on hand to support the young talent and continue to build relationships within the community. The Tag 2 Twickenham rugby is now one of the biggest primary school events of its kind in the country.