Wolverhampton schoolchildren tackling rugby in record numbers
Six Nations fever has gripped a local Wolverhampton primary school thanks to a new coaching programme that has inspired its children to start playing tag rugby for the first time.
Pupils from years four, five and six at Castlecroft Primary School have been enthusiastically taking up tag rugby in record numbers as a result of the new after-school training sessions delivered by a fully RFU qualified coach.
Local volunteer Carwyn Owen has been granted time away from his day job as a repairs manager at leading local social business Black Country Housing Group (BCHG) to deliver the rugby training sessions on Wednesday afternoons.
He said: “It’s been a real pleasure working with the children and I’ve been overwhelmed by their enthusiasm for tag rugby. It’s so important to get young people involved in playing sport and I’m glad to be doing my bit to help. The kids already play a lot of football and hockey, so it has been great getting them involved in something a bit different in the form of tag rugby.
“I already work voluntarily at Castlecroft Rugby Club but was delighted to be given the opportunity to link up with the local school as well. I’m very grateful that my employer BCHG has been so understanding and given me the flexibility to conduct the after-school sessions.
The mixed sessions for boys and girls have been so much of a success that the school has been able to send two teams to the Wolverhampton School’s TAG Rugby Festival for the very first time.
John Morgan, PE coordinator at Castlecroft Primary School said: “The impact of Carwyn’s work is considerable and has meant that we have been able to double the number of children able to take part in this year’s Wolverhampton schools event.
“In light of the recent national focus on primary school children needing to participate in competitive sport this is a real success story. Without the type of community support from organisations like BCHG, a small school like ours would not be able to provide these opportunities.”