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Broadway school make competitive debut

09 October 2013

  • Broadway School get first taste of competitive rugby
  • Birmingham team are second-year All Schools programme participants
All Schools participants Broadway School at a coaching session

Photo: RFU Archive

Broadway School from North Birmingham, one of the schools involved in the RFU’s All Schools initiative, have played their first-ever rugby matches.

Perry Barr-based Broadway, who are in the second year of the All Schools programme, joined four other  north Birmingham schools for a round-robin tournament that was held at Veseyans RFC’s ground at Sreetly.

Broadway won one, lost one and drew one of their three matches in the tournament, which followed coaching sessions for players and teachers run by Adam Blackford and Jon Critchlow, two of the RFU’s Community Rugby Coaches for Greater Birmingham.

Great Barr School, who are in the first year of the All Schools programme, also took part along with Barr Beacon, St Francis and Plantsbrook.

The event was aimed at Under 12 and Under 13 players to support Veseyans’ teams in that age group. Players who took part in the Schools Rugby Day have been invited to train and play with Veseyans on Sundays.

All Schools forms one of the seven areas identified by the RFU to deliver the greatest participation legacy for the game in the lead-up to the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and beyond.

Secondary state schools have been identified in small clusters, allowing them to play rugby against each other locally.

The RFU plans to take a school that is new to or has only just started to play rugby union, and turn it into a self-sufficient rugby playing school by the end of the three years, providing a pipeline of players to the local rugby club.

The initiative aims to introduce rugby into 400 non-rugby-playing schools before Rugby World Cup 2015 and up to 750 by 2019.