Youngsters get in rugby spirit at South Cambs School Sport Partnership event
Cambridge Rugby Club plays host to primary schools
South Cambs SSP Tag Rugby finals, Cambridge Rugby Football Club, Grantchester Rd, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell
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Swavesey and Hatton Park Primary Schools savoured success at the South Cambs School Sport Partnership tag rugby event.
More than 400 children from 21 schools took part in the competition at Cambridge Rugby Club, with the day split in two to accommodate the numbers.
In the morning, Swavesey, Fowlmere, The Vine, Bassingbourn, Harston & Newton, Linton Heights, Barrington and Petersfield did battle in the round-robin group stage.
Swavesey won all four of their matches to qualify for the final where they faced Linton Heights, who had won three and drawn one.
And only one try separated the teams, with Swavesey getting the edge.
Petersfield were Spirit of the Games award winners for their sportsmanship.
Jeavons Wood, Pendragon, Cottenham, Hatton Park, Elsworth, Histon & Impington Juniors, Steeple Morden, Caldecote, Haslingfield and Bar Hill took part in the afternoon.
Hatton Park and Histon Juniors won four from four in their group matches to reach the final, and in a high-scoring affair, Hatton Park emerged triumphant 8-5.
Haslingfield’s good sportsmanship and determination earned them the Spirit of the Games award.
Sports leaders from Swavesey Village College and Melbourn Village College had integral roles in the running of the day, which included festival activities for schools to develop their rugby skills while matches were taking place.
Claire McDonnell, the South Cambs SSP manager, said: “The Year 9 sports leaders from both schools did an incredible job.
“They are new to the leadership role but they showed great maturity and initiative and undertook their roles with growing confidence throughout the day, we were delighted with them.
“It was great to see so many children enjoying the game of rugby today and getting the opportunity to take part at a big club such as Cambridge RUFC.
“It was the first time we have run a festival alongside the competition but it seemed to work really well and it was nice for schools to involve more children and give a chance to those youngsters who wouldn’t have made the school team.”