Newport Tag Rugby Event Hailed
A Police tag rugby event, organised for schoolchildren in Newport earlier this week, has been hailed a roaring success
Young people from a number of schools in Newport took part in the event that was held at Harper Adams University on Wednesday 21 March.
Year 5 and 6 pupils from seven primary schools - Moorfield Primary, Tibberton Primary, Lilleshall Primary, St Peters Primary from Edgmond, St Peter and Pauls Catholic School in Newport, Castle House School and Newport Junior School - competed against each other during the tournament and Castle House eventually emerged victorious, pipping Moorfield 7-5 in the Grand Final.
The winning team will now represent Telford & Wrekin in the finals at Worcester Warriors Rugby Football Club in May and they will be in with a chance of progressing to play at Twickenham, the home of English rugby.
Community Support Officer Andy Protheroe, who helped to organise the event, said the tournament was extremely successful and helped forge relationships between the police and young people.
He said: "The day was a real success and I think this was the best tournament of the four we have held so far.
"All participating teams thoroughly enjoyed the event. There was a great atmosphere among the school children and it was great to see them enjoying themselves.
"I would like to thank Harper Adams for the use of their facilities and Simon Hirst of Telford Volunteer Police Cadet and Phil Wilkes from Newport Rugby Club coach for being referees on the day."
He added: "Tag rugby is a great way of getting children from the local area involved in sport as it keeps them fit as well as teaching them good communication and team work skills.
"It is also a great way for me to get to know them and for them to get to know me."
Issued: Friday 23 March, 2012