March 29, 2016
Team Copeland was crowned Cumbria School Games Tag Rugby winners for 2016 after a fantastic competition at Penrith Leisure Centre.
The youngsters from Whitehaven’s St Benedict’s Catholic High School played against teams from South Lakes and Carlisle, showing some great skills and team spirit.
Organised by Rugby Football Union and Active Cumbria, which is part of Cumbria County Council, the competition is part of this year’s Cumbria School Games.
Youngsters with various learning difficulties from across Cumbria came together to represent their districts and also got to meet Women’s England Rugby Captain – Tamara Taylor!
The competition was supported by Young Leaders from Queen Katherine School in Kendal, these youngsters demonstrated excellent leadership and communication skills and refereed all games in a fair and mature manner.
Tag Rugby is a new edition to Cumbria School Games. The Cumbria Rugby Football Union are keen see the development of disability rugby in schools expand and it is hoped that this event will encourage more young disabled people to play and enjoy competitive rugby and be used as a catalyst for ongoing participation and development.
Liam Nicholls, Development Officer for Cumbria Rugby Football Union said;
"Providing opportunities to participate in rugby union in all its forms is a key part of the RFU plan to increase participation in the sport. Diversifying our provision in Cumbria is critical due to our small population and it would be great to link these players to local clubs where possible.
All 5 of our Core Values are important but none more so than 'enjoyment' as without this players will not continue playing and get as much as they can out of the sport.
The School Games is an important pathway, where players can learn at their own pace with the opportunity to progress to represent their district as the pinnacle of this process".
Thanks to the support of Cumberland Building Society, Cumbria School Games is now the largest multi-sport youth event in Cumbria for young people of all abilities.
Phillip Ward of the Cumberland Building Society said:
"Cumberland Building Society has a long history of supporting Cumbria School Games and we are delighted to be main sponsor of this year’s event. The Games provide a fantastic opportunity for Cumbrian school children to take part in a friendly but competitive event.
In this Olympic year, when interest and participation in sport will increase even further in anticipation of another Team GB success, the event will certainly be a highlight on Cumbria’s sporting calendar.”
1st Copeland, St. Benedict’s Catholic High School
2nd South Lakes, Settlebeck School
3rd Carlisle, James Rennie School
The points from this event will be accumulated and added to the results from the other Spring event and the upcoming Summer events to determine which district will be crowned the overall Cumbria School Games winners. A multi-sport festival will be held in Carlisle with nine different sports competitions taking over various sports sites in the city on the Tuesday 12thJuly.
The School Games is an exciting, fully inclusive competition for school children in Cumbria. Every school in Cumbria has been given the opportunity to get involved, potentially giving every school child the chance to take part.
Full results from the Cumbria School Games Spring Festival can be viewed at https://www.activecumbria.org/developing-sport/events/cumbria-school-games/results/results-2016/
For further information visit www.cumbriaschoolgames.org or make sure your school is signed up to www.yourschoolgames.com join in the conversation online at #cumbriaschoolgames