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Year 3/4 Tag Rugby

The weather was thankfully on our side again for the Raynes Park Cluster Y3/4 Tag Rugby Mega Fest that took place in bathing sunshine at Old Ruts RFC on Tuesday 5th March 2019.

The format for this year was slightly different to previous years in that instead of all schools playing a series of non-competitive matches one after the other, players this year would experience matches as well as some skilled based games such as Rob the Nest, Ball Tag and Break out Tag. The purpose of this was to enable those children who were not very familiar with the rules and skills required to play tag rugby to learn game understanding of the sport in a fun and engaging game based setting. Children could then take their newly developed skills and apply it in a match based scenario.

A total of 12 teams took part in the Mega Fest and children were given just over 12 minutes on each of the 6 stations before rotating in a carousel format. The skill games that were chosen were designed to help develop the children’s ability to recognise and utilise space in attack, how to coordinate a defensive line as well as demonstrating the importance of support play when attacking with the ball. All of these skills are vital in tag rugby and it was fantastic to see the children beginning to demonstrate these in their matches and grow in confidence and skill as the afternoon went on.

All schools should be incredibly proud of the effort and quality of rugby they were able to produce across all of the 6 stations. Furthermore, the level of sportsmanship demonstrated by all children was exceptional and helped to create a superb environment for the children to enjoy the afternoon.