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FOUR Isle of Dogs primary schools participated in an inter-school tag rugby competition run by the Rugby Football Union and hosted by Millwall Rugby Club.

Harbinger, St Edmunds, Arnhem Wharf and Cubbit Town all fielded three teams each in the event at Millwall Park held in glorious sunshine.

Over 180 year 3 and 4 children took part in the tournament, which followed six weeks of in-school coaching sessions arranged by the club as part of their strategy to be more embedded in the local community.

Teams from each school were split into three pools, playing five-minute matches against the other teams in their pool. The teams with the most wins finished top of the pool and were declared the winners. Arnhem Wharf won one pool, while St Edmunds primary topped the other two divisions.

RFU Community Rugby Coach Dean Cutting, who delivered the programme for Millwall Rugby Club said the event was a definite success:

All the children had lots of fun and I was impressed at how well they adapted to the rules of tag rugby. The event is a testament to Millwall Rugby Club, who are working hard to forge partnerships with their surrounding primary schools.

Muslimah Khanom, teacher from Arnhem Wharf Primary, thanked the club for putting on a "brilliant" tournament:

We really enjoyed ourselves and the children are really excited about how well they did. Ive really enjoyed working with Millwall Rugby Club and my class are all now enthusiastic budding rugby players.

Scott Vinnicombe, Tower Hamlets Rugby Development Officer, was present on the day and hailed the Isle of Dogs rugby club for their innovative approach to working with schools:

"The work that Millwall Rugby are doing to promote youth rugby in the borough is outstanding. This programme, which the club have put on at no cost to the participating schools, will be a tremendous help to the development of rugby throughout Tower Hamlets."

Millwall Rugby Club will be running free rugby taster sessions every Friday during the summer school holidays. The sessions, titled Rugby Fridays are part of the Canary Wharf Group Summer Programme of Sports.

Training for the new season for children aged 7-16 begins on Wednesday June 8 from 6pm-7pm on Millwall Park. Beginners are welcome.

Anyone interested in playing youth or tag rugby for Millwall Lions should contact Matt on 07884012678 or email

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