THERE was a green and white tinge in the battle for
Mansfield tag rugby supremacy earlier this week.
team from St Philip Neri with St Bede Catholic Primary at the
Mansfield Rugby Club tag festival with Nottingham Rugby community
coach Josh Salathiel (L) and Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies managing
director Malk Hall (R)
St Philip Neri Primary and King Edwards Primary School featured
in the final of the junior tournament at the Mansfield Rugby Club
Both schools have been involved in Nottingham Rugby's hugely
successful pilot programme in North Nottinghamshire driven by
multi-award winning company and the club's major community partner,
Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies.
Since the Green and Whites' scheme was launched last year the
promotion-chasing RFU Championship club has run training courses in
23 schools, clocking up more than 150 hours of coaching and
reaching more than 1000 children in the region.
All that hard work is geared towards getting students active on
fun-filled and competitive days of tag rugby which have been
organised by School Games Officers and the RFU.
The latest event saw eight schools come together with 16 teams
of boys and girls aged between 9 and 11-years-old line-up against
Malk Hall, managing director of Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies,
was a special guest at the tournament and was delighted to see
youngsters embrace the game.
"The smiles on their faces, win, lose or draw was a great credit
to all participants and spectators alike," Hall said.
"It's was a fantastic event and one which has been supported by
quite a few local primary schools, but it's a shame more were not
in attendance considering what a great afternoon this was for the
"There are currently about fifteen primary school festivals that
Nottingham is supporting across the County at present, with over
1000 young people taking part in total making it a huge spectator
Nottingham Rugby community coach Josh Salatheil was proud to see
two schools where he has delivered training courses battle it out
in the final at the end of a highly competitive day of knock-out
"It was great to have two of the schools who have taken up the
offer of coaching in Mansfield," Salathiel said.
"Having Malk come along to watch has been fantastic because he
can see firsthand the sort of impact his contribution has made to
"Both of the finalists will now go to the County Tag Event in a
few weeks at the Mellish Rugby Club, so I have offered some
additional coaching to them to try and help them do their
best. And if they were to win the County Finals they go to a
Regional Event, and get a shot at going all the way to the National
Tournament in London as part of the RFU Tag to Twickenham
The eight schools who took part in the Mansfield competition all
played over 60 minutes of rugby, with boys and girls competing
together in this non-contact form of the game.
There are several local rugby clubs who offer high quality
coaching opportunities, so if you are young or old and fancy a go
at rugby or simply want to dust off your boots visit www.rfu.com to find out details of
your nearest club.