Derbyshire School Sports Partnership Tag rugby festival hailed as a success

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Youngsters from Rural Derbyshire School Sports Partnership member primary schools are celebrating after a successful but muddy, tag-rugby festival at cluster secondary school, Lady Manners in Bakewell.

The competition for local feeder primary schools on Wednesday, November 12 was organised by School Sport Coordinator Jayne Roach.

During the event, two round-robin tournaments took place; one for eight large schools, and one for four smaller schools, involving approximately 140 primary school pupils from the area.

Thirty more children played non-competitive rugby based games meaning everyone was outside learning and enjoying the fresh air.

Jayne Roach said: “This is one of our many tournaments organised to encourage participation in sport within the surrounding schools and community and to develop transitional links between the primary schools and secondary school. In both the small and large school tournaments the standard of play was very high and extremely competitive, the players ended up very muddy, but having very much enjoyed the afternoon.”

The tournaments concluded with closely fought battles for the highest positions and as a result the final point totals were very close.

In the large schools tournament, with a difference of only three points, Curbar pupils were victorious and Longstone’s first team players were runners up.

Curbar students did especially well as they are classed as a small school but opted to enter the large schools competition and ended up winning this section.

Head Teacher of Curbar Primary, Anthony Tierney said: “I am very proud of the children. The kids love a challenge.

“The team work and experience of performing in both a winning and a losing team, which they gain from these festivals and tournaments, is crucial in preparing them for secondary school and for life in the future.”

In the small schools tournament, Stanton-in-Peak C of E Primary School was victorious, Taddington C of E Primary and Great Hucklow C of E Primary tied as runners up.

Head Teacher at Stanton-in-Peak C of E Primary, Caroline Poole said: “Many children from small primary schools don’t receive opportunities like this and so it is great to be able to play other schools and be challenged.

“The children love meeting youngsters from other schools whom they know from extra –curricular activities and they especially enjoy the winning aspect of such events.”

The afternoon was concluded with an awards ceremony, with participants receiving a certificate to congratulate them on their hard work and participation.

Curbar Primary School will go through to represent the Lady Manners cluster at the SSP finals on Friday, December 5.