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Your News Midlands Schools reach MLD national festival final day

TWO Rivers School from Tamworth and Rigby Hall School from Bromsgrove will represent the West Midlands in the national finals of the Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD) Tag Rugby Festival at Stoke Mandeville on May 4.

Both progressed from the second West Midlands festival staged at Bromsgroves Finstall Park ground which built on last years successful inaugural event.

The national finals are the showcase event for the three- day Festival of Sport run by the English Federation of Disability Sport.

The West Midlands festival more than doubled in size with a broader representation from all corners of the region.

Mixed gender teams with a total of 120 pupils with moderate learning difficulties aged 11-16, braved wet weather to enjoy four expert coaching stations delivered by RFU CRCs, with help from the community team at RFU Championship club Worcester Warriors. The teams then split into two separate events each with five teams.

The inclusive event was for those that just wanted to have fun, socialise and perhaps hadnt had a lot of tag rugby experience. The games were refereed with great empathy which ensured all pupils of many ability levels, got involved.

For those wanting to compete for the right to represent the West Midlands at the RFUs National MLD tag rugby finals, there was a more serious parallel competitive event which proved to be a close contest with Two Rivers winning all their matches. Rigby Hall came second.

The Festival was supported by Steve Peters, the RFU Regional Rugby Manager for Midlands West and several of his Rugby Development Officers.

Ben Waterhouse, the Rugby Development Officer for Worcestershire and South Warwickshire, said: The rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of all involved who seemed determined to enjoy themselves. The festival was a new experience for many of the pupils and the post festival plaudits have encouraged us to make the 2012 festival bigger and better.

Schools who took part in the West Midlands festival were: Two Rivers School (Tamworth), Fountains School (Burton), Hednesford Valley School (Hednesford), Rigby Hall School (Bromsgrove), Selly Oak (Birmingham), Kielder unit from Bluecoats School (Hereford), Round Oak School (Warwick), Stourminster School (Kidderminster), Pitcheroak School (Redditch).

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