Since the end of March more than 30 local qualifying festivals have taken place all over Kent and the South East London boroughs. These festivals, all held at community rugby clubs, schools, or local authority venues, have been run by a host of volunteers along with teachers and young leaders with the support of the RFU Community Rugby and Kent RFU professionals.
Children in years four, five and six from main stream and special needs schools will now participate and compete for the title of Kent Primary Schools Tag Rugby Champions 2007 this week. Tag rugby is a non contact sport used to introduce rugby and is used by clubs and schools, forming an integral part of the curriculum.
Thursday afternoon (12:30pm - 3pm) will see teams from more than 30 schools who have all qualified from local festivals by demonstrating the fairest attitude and spirit whilst competing. They will compete for trophies in the Fair Play Final .
Friday (from 10:30am - 3pm) will be the turn of more than 30 teams who have qualified by virtue of winning their local festival and special needs teams from across the county. Teams will compete for the Cup, Plate, Bowl and Shield and the Fair Play Award.
Adding to the occasion, and with the Rugby World Cup around the corner, all schools will represent a Rugby World Cup country at the finals, producing magnificent banners and fancy dress costumes. A parade of costumes will take place before the first kick off.
Kent RFU is extremely grateful to the sponsors of the Tag Rugby Festival Programme, The Wooden Spoon Society. They are the charity of British rugby and they raise money for children and young persons in the UK who are disadvantaged either physically, mentally or socially. www.woodenspoon.com
photos Janos Schmidt