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Successful schools tag rugby festival hosted at Barnet Elizabethan RFC

Schools tag rugby event was great success, writes Dermot O’Hagan, Chair of Minis Rugby, Barnet Elizabethans Rugby Football Club

a large group of young people pose for the camera on a rugby pitch

On Thursday 25th of April, Barnet Elizabethan RFC hosted a Schools Tag Rugby Festival, featuring eight teams representing six local schools. The event brought together students from local Barnet primary schools: Danegrove, Foulds, Sacred Heart, Whiting Hill, Moken Hadley and Christchurch showcasing their talent and rugby skills on the field.

Tag rugby is a non-contact game in which players need no rugby experience, it’s a fast paced game involving passing, try scoring and teamwork.

The festival hosted by Barnet Elizabethans RFC in collaboration with Junior Sharks, Herts Rugby and Barnet Partnership for School Sport, aimed to promote rugby among children in the community who might never have played rugby before.

Nestled in the scenic surroundings of Barnet Elizabethan RFC, the event provided a perfect setting for a day filled with fun and sport. Parents who attended the festival were delighted to see a strong turnout of girls participating in the rugby, and they praised the children’s enthusiasm, teamwork and skill on the field. “It’s wonderful to see so many girls playing and enjoying rugby,” remarked one parent, while another noted, “The kids are lightning-fast at scoring tries.” Such positive feedback highlighted the success of the event in igniting a passion for rugby among local children.

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Visiting schools also expressed their appreciation for the well-organized event and the warm hospitality extended by the rugby club. “The festival was very well run, and the rugby club took care of everything for us,” said one school representative, indicating their eagerness to return for future festivals. Another described it as a “fantastic day for the children,” thanking Barnet Elizabethans for the invitation and the organisation and smooth running of the event.

To commemorate their participation, all children received a medal for their efforts and sportsmanship.

Looking ahead, Barnet Elizabethans RFC intends to establish the Schools Tag Rugby Festival as an annual tradition, fostering stronger connections with local schools to further cultivate interest in rugby among the younger generations. With each passing year, the club aims to expand participation and create a lasting legacy of sporting excellence within the community.

The rugby club is also about to embark on extensive redevelopment works and hope a new clubhouse and pitches and be a further asset to the wider community and foster ongoing interest in rugby for generations to come.

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