October 23 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Hundreds of youngsters enjoyed the beautiful weather today as they competed in the rugby for the third day of the Winter School Games.
Over 350 pupils from around Norfolk travelled to Diss Rugby Club to take part in the games, which went on all day.
The 32 teams were divided into primary tag and small school rugby for those schools with less than 120 pupils.
Tag rugby, a simpler version designed specifically for younger players, offered a way of playing with less contact.
Jon Osborne, partnership development manager, said: “The fun thing with this rugby is it is a lot easier and more inclusive. It is fun and accessible.”
Getting ready on the side of the pitch was 10-year-old Harriet Marlee of Cringleford Primary School.
She said: “I absolutely love PE - it is my favourite subject at school. I absolutely adore sport.”
Harriet, who has received a sports scholarship from Wymondham College, said she gets “to meet lots of new friends” through playing it.
Stephen Hulme, county school games organiser, added that information is given to the pupils on local clubs in the hope that they will continue to play.
He said: “It is really important that this isn’t just a nice day out for them – it’s a real focus of ours.”
Mr Osborne added that the main aim of the games was to “increase the number of young people involved in competitive school sport”.