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WITH over 350 children and 31 teams taking part, this years annual Lancaster and Heysham Schools Sports Partnership Primary Schools Tag Rugby Festival at Vale of Lune RUFC earlier this week was a record-breaking effort.

The festival is run as a qualifier for the Lancashire Youth Games Finals which will be held at Preston Grasshoppers on Wednesday, March 9, when the winners from 16 SSPs come together for a huge tag rugby jamboree.

With participation being the key, Vale of Lune CRC Martin Powell canvassed every Primary School in the two districts and the final tally of 31 teams reflected the keen interest in tag rugby in the region.

That size of entry, of course, puts a major emphasis on volunteer officials and in this regard the project underlined the immense enthusiasm of the rugby community in this part of Lancashire. Not least among that group were the 31 schoolteachers and support staff, whose efforts have not only helped to bring the quality of the teams up to the high standard in show, but also handled the logistics of getting their teams to the tournament.

The organising team, under the direction of Martin Powell, Community Rugby Coach for Vale of Lune RUFC and Clitheroe RUFC, and Kai Burns, CRC for Preston, embraced five Vale of Lune club coaches, 10 SSP Leadership Academy Students, four University of Cumbria Students and 20 Lancaster Girls Grammar School Students, who all gave their time to make sure the event was a huge success.

The festival was split in to two separate competitions, Heysham SSP and Lancaster SSP running in the same format of a group stage which followed by Cup, Shield, Plate and Bowl competition which brought teams into competition with opponents of similar abilities.

In the Heysham section, final Cup League game was to be a championship winning decider between St Peters and Bolton Le Sands, the later being 2010 champions and they just held on in a frantic encounter to win 3-2 and retain the trophy.

The Lancaster competition was a little more one sided, with Ryelands taking the trophy for the first time. They were pushed hard by Moorside, Dallas Road and newcomers St Josephs, but their extra quality shone through with an unbeaten run of three wins from three outings in the Cup.

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