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Tag team spirit is on show at Cambridge Rugby Club at the South Cambs School Sports Partnership rugby festival

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South Cambs SSP Tag Rugby, Cambridge Rugby Football Club, Grantchester Rd. Picture: Keith Heppell. (7974053)
South Cambs SSP Tag Rugby, Cambridge Rugby Football Club, Grantchester Rd. Picture: Keith Heppell. (7974053)

Skills and matchplay were put to the test at the South Cambs School Sports Partnership tag rugby mega fest at Cambridge Rugby Club.

Nearly 600 youngsters from 28 schools took part in an event that featured a tag rugby competition alongside a series of tag rugby activity stations.

Sports leaders from Swavesey Village College were refereeing the matches and overseeing the results table, while another team of leaders from Linton Village College organised and led the festival activities.

The morning event saw teams of Year 5 and 6 pupils from The Meadow, Swavesey, Fowlmere, The Vine, Bassingbourn, Linton, Petersfield, Cottenham, Pendragon, Willingham, Elsworth and Bar Hill do battle in the round-robin format.

Defending champions Swavesey topped their group to face The Vine School, Cambourne in the final, and they retained their title by winning by three tries to one.

Petersfield won the spirit of the games award for demonstrating good teamwork and sportsmanship.

Jeavons Wood, Hatton Park, Histon & Impington Juniors, Steeple Morden, Harston & Newton, Barrington, Great Abington, Caldecote, Haslingfield, Hardwick and Cambourne were in action in the afternoon.

Hatton Park and Harston & Newton qualified from the round-robin stage for the final, and Harston & Newton were 4-1 winners.

Hatton Park won the spirit of the games award for their good sportsmanship and showing respect to the officials and their decisions.

Claire McDonnell, the partnership manager, said; “It was great to have so many schools involved and to see so many children enjoying the game of rugby and getting the opportunity to take part at a big club such as Cambridge RUFC.

“It is only the second time we have run the event like this with a competition and festival, but it works well and enables more children to experience the game of rugby, often giving an opportunity to those children who might not make the school team or perhaps need to develop a bit more confidence before feeling comfortable to play in a competitive situation.

“The sports leaders from both schools did an incredible job, refereeing the matches with authority and control, showing confidence in their communication skills and encouraging and motivating the children throughout.

“We were delighted with them and are grateful to them and their schools for their support and enabling events like this to happen.”

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