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Green and Whites proud to help schools into tag rugby final

THERE was a green and white tinge in the battle for Mansfield tag rugby supremacy earlier this week.

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GRINNERS: Winning 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 on Wednesday.

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 each other.

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 children.

"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 sport."

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 action.

"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 the community.

"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 programme."

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 to find out details of your nearest club. 


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