16 May 2013, 8:47am
On Wednesday 15th May the Bath Rugby Community Team were at Salisbury RFC to put children from 7 primary schools in the Salisbury area through their paces as they continue their education up the rugby ladder. The tag rugby festival, which forms an important part of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme, brought together over 160 children aged 8/9 and gave them the perfect opportunity to implement their newly-acquired skills in an engaging and fun environment.
A massive thanks to Salisbury RFC for the use of their superb facilities. A special thanks to Richard Bourne, coach at Salisbury RFC for all his help with the organisation of the festival.
In its third 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 PE syllabus and 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.
Steve Middleton, Community Rugby Manager said: "All the kids played their hearts out on what turned out to be a dry and sunny afternoon. I was seriously 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."
Clare Stafford, teacher at St Mark's 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. The Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme has been wonderfully crafted and also crucially ensures that teachers receive quality coaching to help these youngsters reach their potential."