Ascot & Maidenhead Schools Year 3-6 Tag.

24th March 2010
by Julian Rainsford
The listing was posted by Berkshire County RFU - Schools

On Tuesday 23rd February and 2nd March 2010 Ascot & Maidenhead Schools Sport Partnership (AMSSP), in conjunction with Maidenhead Rugby Club, held their Year 3-6 TAG rugby competition. The tournament was hosted by Maidenhead Rugby Club ay Braywick Park.
AMSSP organizes sporting events for 36 schools within Ascot & Maidenhead each year, aiming to encourage more young people to take part in sport or physical activity more often. Emma Fitzgerald, Partnership Development Manager said “this will be a true celebration of primary school rugby. Coaches have been working in a number of our schools in the lead up to this competition, and we are very happy to be working with Maidenhead RFC to be able to signpost those who are interested in continuing their rugby at an excellent local rugby club”
In total over 400 children took part including those who regularly play in the Maidenhead RFC Mini Section each Sunday.
The tournament took the form of a group round, followed by a knockout round so each team will play at least 3 matches. All schools will enter a squad of 10 players, of which at least 3 are girls.

In the Year 5/6 event, Oldfield Primary School who the event. They were ably coached by the MRFC CEO, John Wanklyn. Along with the losing finalist, Furze Platt, they will go on to represent AMSSP at the Berkshire County Final on Wednesday 24th March. In the Year 3/4 event, Oldfield also came out on top.
John Wanklyn, CEO and Chairman of Maidenhead RFC commented "Maidenhead is a Community Rugby Club and supporting Charters School Partnership by hosting events like this is part of our commitment to help develop rugby through the School community as well as through our normal Youth Section activities at the Club.  Our aim is to introduce more children to Rugby within our local community and hopefully many will want to take it up more seriously and join the Club as a result.  Schools 7 a-side tag rugby is an excellent introduction to the sport and develops a lot of the key skills for the full game.  This is especially relevant now that 7’s is an Olympic Sport so the opportunity to identify and develop Young talent is even more important."
Schools taking part in Years 5&6 event
Cookham Dean
Furze Platt x2
Holy Trinity Sunningdale
Knowl Hill
St Mary's
Waltham St Lawrence
Cookham Rise
Holy Trinity Cookham x5
Holyport Primary
St Edmund Campion
St Michaels
White Waltham
Woodlands Park

About Ascot & Maidenhead School Sport Partnership
Ascot & Maidenhead School Sport Partnership is part of a national network of School Sport Partnerships focussing on provision of high quality PE and school sport for young people aged 5 to 19 years. It covers all the schools in the Ascot & Maidenhead area, both primary & secondary, plus Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA).
We work with schools to support 2 hours delivery of high quality PE curriculum for all pupils plus 1 hour of out of hours sport or physical activity provision per week. School Sport Partnerships also work with a range of external partners including Local Authorities, National Governing Bodies of Sport, County Sport Partnerships and local sports clubs to signpost pathways for young people to participate in sport and work together towards achieving the 5 hour offer of sport for all young people.
About Maidenhead RFC
Maidenhead RFC are an amateur, community Rugby Club with our whole club ethos built on the very best sporting qualities of teamwork, respect, honesty, commitment, friendship and winning. We passionately believe these are excellent life qualities to coach into our youth and senior players alike, and this is why Maidenhead Rugby Club is such an important part of Maidenhead life. This approach has recently seen the club achieve the RFU Whole Club Seal of Approval to complement its Club Mark accreditation. We welcome new members, sponsors and supporters, so why not pop down one weekend and say hello. You will always get a warm welcome.
Contacts for additional information
Julian Rainford
Director of Mini Rugby
Maidenhead RFC
(m) 07787 993 733

Laura Goodall
Competition Manager (Berkshire East)
Charters, Slough & Wexham and Windsor SSP's
07921 944 192