Glenwood High School in Glenrothes was the venue for the launch of the Fife Secondary Schools React to Rugby programme for season 2011/12. The programme is open to all Secondary schools throughout Fife and is an opportunity to play competitive fixtures with schools of a similar ability and encourage links for further fixtures.
The React to Rugby programme will tour across Fife in both schools and clubs to strengthen the school to club pathway. Clubs will allow local schools to use their facilities to so that kids are aware where they can go to further their rugby development. It also allows the fixtures to be played in dark nights as clubs have floodlights.
Schools will be scored on a variety of criteria from attending the festivals, registering players, results and fair play. All aspects are recognized from participation, organisation and the competitive element.
Schools will play 10’s where possible but can also play 7’s if numbers are low, however players can be borrowed from others schools to make up numbers. Schools play full contact and are coached throughout by qualified and experienced referees.
On the 25th April Mr. Allan, principle teacher of PE at Buckhaven HS will host the schools Fife Cup for a third successive year. Schools from across Fife will compete for the Fife Cup Shield and bowl.
Fife Rugby Development Officer Paul Hunter commented “with the Rugby World Cup giving rugby great exposure this programme is a fantastic opportunity to increase awareness of rugby and encourage more people to participate at S1/S2 in a simple but competitive environment. Hopefully schools will continue to play competitive fixtures after this festival”.
The next stage of the React to Rugby programme will be on the 28th September at Inverkeithing HS and Kirkcaldy Rugby Club, with both events kicking off at 4.30 pm. Paul Hunter added “the first React to Rugby programme has been an outstanding success with eight schools from all over Fife competing and playing competitive rugby. Mr Farquharson, Rugby Champion at Kirkcaldy High School added “this is a great opportunity for kids to get competitive games against teams of a similar ability and the kids have had a great time”. Mr Ash, coach at St Columba’s High School also added “kids who don’t normally play rugby in a game environment have the opportunity to compete against other schools which is great”.