Melton Mowbray RFC hosted a World Cup Tag Rugby Festival last Wednesday, opening its doors to more than 300 Year 3 and 4 pupils representing a brilliant turnout of 26 teams.
The club has had a busy few weeks during the Rugby World Cup including visits from England legend Ben Cohen and members of the Uruguay squad.
Club volunteers worked tirelessly throughout the day and in the run-up to the competition to ensure the event ran smoothly.
Tesco provided refreshments to all participating teams.
Pupils warmed up by replicating the All Blacks’ famous haka, delivered by Zumba Melton, and the games were refereed by Leicester Tigers Academy Leaders who are studying at Brooksby Melton College.
The schools taking part were: Stathern, Swallowdale, Long Clawson, Great Dalby, Sherard, Waltham, Redmile, Harby, Somerby, Asfordby Captains Close, Buckminster, St Francis, Asfordby Hill, The Grove, Frisby, Old Dalby, Brownlow, St Peters, Croxton Kerrial, St Mary’s, and Hose.
Brownlow lifted the winners’ shield, while Swallowdale finished as runners-up, and Croxton Kerrial and Long Clawson walked away with the bronze medallions after sharing third place.
The competition is part of a programme of activities funded by the Melton and Belvoir School Sport and Physical Activity Network to engage more young people to enjoy, watch and play rugby in the lead-up to and aftermath of the Rugby World Cup.
Working in partnership with Leicester Tigers, primary schools were offered tag rugby coaching ahead of the festival where each school represented a nation from the World Cup.
* Any new players and their families are welcome at the Burton Road club on Sundays from 10am to 12.30pm.
For more details, call the club’s mini/junior chairman on 07960 870490.