Today Stanley Junior School, Teddington, lifted the winners’ cup at the RFU YAZOO National Tag 2 Twickenham Final after 240 kids from 20 teams across England battled it out at Rugby School, the birthplace of rugby.
The Tag 2 Twickenham Final is the highlight of an on-going campaign by the RFU & YAZOO Primary School Programme to encourage the nation’s children to participate in sport and pursue healthier lifestyles.
All of the teams, some from as far afield as the Isle of Man, took part in this competition after making it through a series of local and regional heats. In a high action game, Stanley Junior School from Teddington went on to beat West Leigh Primary School, Essex, to take the winners title. Both teams will face each other again during the half-time interval of the England v Wales friendly on the 6th August 2011 at Twickenham.
As well as the action on the pitch, the event was also attended by England player and Sale Sharks Captain, Mark Cueto, in his role of YAZOO Tag Rugby Ambassador and CVOC patron. Mark commented:
“There was a high level of talent here at Rugby School today, with a few budding England stars in the making. I’ve been involved with the programme for five years and am proud to be a part of what is now the biggest tag rugby scheme in England. It was fantastic to see so many kids coming down here and travelling so for to take part. The dedication from the teams and teachers especially was fantastic. Last year I was blown away by the quality of the rugby and it has to be said, this year was even better. ”
YAZOO and the RFU work in partnership with the national police children’s charity, Child Victims of Crime (CVOC), an initiative to keep children safe which started Tag 2 Twickenham in 2002. The charity funds the training of over 600 police staff a year to coach Tag Rugby in primary schools. To support the festivals, a police officer from each area is on hand to continue to build relationships within the community.
In the last three years alone YAZOO, the RFU and CVOC have brought the programme to nearly two million children as well as donating balls, tag belts and other equipment to thousands of schools across the country. The Tag 2 Twickenham rugby finals have been running for the past eight years and it is now one of the biggest primary school events of its kind in the country.
For more information please visit: www.cvoc.org.uk, www.yazoo.co.uk, www.rfu.com
Notes to Editors:
• Child Victims of Crime is the ONLY National Police Children's Charity and was founded by the British Police Rugby Section. Its purpose is to support children whose lives have been affected by crime
• The Rugby Football Union is the National Governing Body for rugby union in England and supports participants and fans from the grassroots to the national team
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