In partnership with the Leeds Rugby Foundation and Rugby Football Union, Leeds City Council Sports and Active Lifestyles facilitated a generic tag rugby programme throughout the city with all primary schools.
The unique partnership with both rugby codes has allowed over 7500 years 5 and 6 pupils the opportunity to have coaching within schools and play in local festivals before selection to the Leeds Schools City Finals at John Charles Centre for Sport Centre for Sport.
A great day of rugby was played at JCCS during the city finals with 15 teams involved in the finals. The day concluded with an exciting final that was closely contested and eventually won by Strawberry Fields against Deighton Gates. Strawberry Fields have retained the Tag Rugby City trophy for the second year in a row.
Both teams will now progress to the Rugby Football Union Yorkshire Tag2Twickenhamfinals with the opportunity to play in the national finals.
The other two semi-finalists, Farsley Springbank and Shakespeare, will represent Leeds schools at the West Yorkshire School Summer game in the Rugby League competition
The other schools involved Methley, Green Lane, Morley St. Francis, Middleton, Westerton, Moortown, St. Paul’s, Pool C of E, Rawdon St. Peter’s, Stanningley and Calverley Parkside primary schools showed to the spectators why they got to the finals. All pupils were a credit to their schools with their attitude, behaviour and commitment.
Mixed gender teams contested the Tag Rugby which is a non-contact team game where each player wears a belt with two Velcro tags attached. Play is similar to rugby league and union with attacking players attempting to dodge, evade and pass a rugby ball while defenders attempt to prevent them scoring by “tagging” – removing a tag attached to the ball carrier.
The rules are an agreed combination of both rugby league and rugby union. The unique partnership between the sports allows a productive use of resources and enables more schools to be accessed.
Special guest from Leeds Rhinos, Keith Senior, who presented certificate to all teams and medals to the finalists, spoke to the players saying: “I am really impressed with the standard of rugby on view and for the age group involved, this form of rugby is an excellent way for girls and boys to enjoy the game and keep active. I hope it brings even more youngsters to these exciting sports of rugby.”
For further information please contact:
Active Sport Officer – East North East:
E-mail: Jason Minott@leeds.gov.uk
Tel: 0113 378 1990 or 07891 279223