Last Friday saw the third Tag Rugby Festival take place in Orkney under direction of Club Development Officer Bruce Ruthven. The day saw seventeen schools from Orkney mainland, inner & north isles come together to put their tag rugby training into practice for a festival of rugby which was open to pupils aged between Primary 5 – 7. Over five hundred children were present on the day in which fifty six teams were involved. All of the players who were involved in the festival have received a minimum of five sessions at their schools.
Schools registered at the start of the day at the Pickaquoy Centre and then moved out to the outfields for their games. Each team played in four games and competed against other schools from the region. With the day being formed around a festival of rugby no results were recorded and it was evident from the atmosphere from the festival that the children were enjoying playing their rugby, meeting new friends and having a good time.
Special mention to Stenness Primary School, who received the Morrison’s School Contribution Award towards ORFC Community Rugby Project. The award was presented by Gordon Williamson of Morrison’s.
Brian Bell, commented;” As the Regional Development Manager with Scottish Rugby it was an amazing experience to see so many primary school pupils from across the Islands, obviously enjoying every moment of the TAG festival, thanks to them all for attending. The event was as well organised and run by Bruce as any I've seen, my thanks also go to all the volunteers who helped make a wonderful day.
Head teacher Clive Horton commented; “Once again a wonderful festival, brilliantly organised and run. Please pass on my congratulations to all those involved in its success.”
Club RDO, Bruce Ruthven said “We are very pleased with how the day has gone, to see so many youngsters from such a large geographical area coming together, embracing the spirit of the game and enjoying themselves is what rugby is all about. The standard of rugby increases at each Tag Festival with both boys and girls showing quality skills and the knowledge of the game to organise themselves in a confident manner. Many thanks to all of the volunteers that have helped make the day run smoothly and special mention to Cashback for Communities who assisted greatly towards schools travel costs which has enabled the schools to attend.