The first Letchworth Primary Schools’ Rugby Festival was a huge success on Monday. 400 children in Years 4 and 5 from five different primary schools took part in six hours of competitive tag rugby at the festival at Letchworth Rugby Club.
The festival was the culmination of several weeks of school visits and training by players and coaches from Letchworth RFC, and in particular the girls’ section who provided most of the organisation behind the scenes and support on the day, helped by the support of four major sponsors - NHDC, Herts CC Youth Opportunities fund, MBDA UK, and Eden Bridge Toyota – without whom the day would have been impossible
Five Letchworth primary schools took part - Lannock, Lordship Farm, Grange, St. Thomas More, and Radburn – who, in combination, fielded 28 teams in four separate competitions - year 4 girls, year 5 girls, year 4 boys and year 5 boys - making it possibly the largest event Letchworth have hosted since the Herts Girls Sevens in 2006. - which again is pretty impressive.
Sixty matches took place spread over six pitches, with games running continually from 9.30 in the morning to 2.45 in the afternoon. Every player went away with at least a certificate, while age-group winners received shield plus medals for all the squad.
An overall winning school was also determined by combining the results from each group - and they received the champions shield donated by MBDA UK. Awards presented by the Chair of NHDC and Heather Alcock on behalf of MBDA.
And the results were:
Overall Champions 2008 (MBDA salver winners): Lordship Farm school (runners up = Grange)
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