17 December 2013, 9:02am
On Wednesday 11th December the Bath Rugby Community Team were at Calne RFC to put children from nine primary schools in the Calne area through their paces as part of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme.
The tag rugby festival brought together over 160 children aged seven and eight giving them the perfect opportunity to implement their newly-acquired skills in an engaging, fun environment.
Kim Oliver, Community Rugby Coach said: "All the kids played their hearts out on what turned out to be a dry and sunny afternoon. I was really impressed with their skill levels, it's hard to imagine that most of them have only just started playing rugby! The Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme is perfectly suited to bringing out all the core skills young players need and I'm sure some of these kids will be playing at the highest level sooner rather than later."
Steve Heal, Head teacher at Holy Trinity Primary School said: "The children were absolutely thrilled to take part in the festival and show off the skills they have developed through taking part in the programme.
In its fourth season, the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme represents a significant investment (£2 million) by Aviva into the grass roots level of the game. Resources will go towards supporting over 1,200 teachers in 650 schools across the country, whilst also providing all the kit necessary to play tag rugby. Aligned to the national curriculum and Physical Education syllabus it's designed to unearth the next generation of rugby stars. The number of children who will have taken part in the scheme by the end of this season is enough to fill Twickenham Stadium!
A massive thank you to Calne RFC for the use of their superb facilities on the day and a special thanks to David Conway, coach at Calne RFC, for all his help with the organisation of the festival.