- Wrington School wins “Spirit of Rugby” award
- Team welcomed new members for Tag 2 Twickenham Finals Day
Photo: RFU Archive
Wrington C of E Primary School won the “Spirit of Rugby” Award at the national Finals Day of the RFU Tag 2 Twickenham competition held at historic Rugby School earlier this month.
The team from North Somerset, one of five schools from the South West Region that had qualified for Finals Day, welcomed two players from another school when their own team was unable to attend at the last minute. Unfortunately the rest of the team from The Buchan School on the Isle of Man missed the tournament because their plane had been grounded. This would be especially disappointing for them as they had beaten 40 teams from 29 other primary schools on the island to earn the trip to Rugby School.
Wrington School had only nine members in their squad and so teacher Becky Matthews stepped in to offer the boys from The Buchan School the chance to join in with them.
Becky explained: “I asked the parents and boys if they would like to join us for the day – they did join us and played superbly. The whole team bonded very quickly and it felt like the boys from The Buchan School had been with us throughout the tournament. The children had absolutely wonderful day, lots of fun and thoroughly enjoyed the rugby. It was an amazing experience for all.”
The school was delighted to receive their award. “We had an absolutely wonderful day and were very proud to have received the core values award” said Becky, “I was also extremely proud of my team and parents who embraced the two children, their mums and brother from the Isle of Man – it was like they had been playing with us throughout the competition!”
The tournament, which is run in partnership with the Child Victims of Crime (CVOC) national police children’s charity, is now in its 11th year and gives youngsters from across England a rare opportunity to play at the birthplace of the game of rugby union.
The Finals Day at Rugby School involved over 280 children from 24 primary schools across the country, with the two finalists set to appear in a curtain-raiser before England’s QBE International against Australia at Twickenham Stadium in November.
Five schools from the South West Region went through to Finals Day: Bream C of E Primary School, Forest of Dean; Charlestown Primary School, St Austell, Cornwall; Newquay Junior School, Cornwall; Beechwood Primary School, Reading; and Wrington C of E Primary School, North Somerset.