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Your News Yorkshire schools duo head for The Close
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JUN

ROTHWELL St Mary’s Primary School and Threshfield Primary School from Grassington both qualified for the finals of the RFU YAZOO Tag 2 Twickenham finals at Rugby School on July 13, 2011 when they reached the final of the Yorkshire Regional tournament at Pontefract RUFC on Friday (June 17).

The event was attended by 20 schools from five Yorkshire districts and is one of the highlights of an on-going campaign by the RFU & YAZOO Primary School Programme, designed to encourage the nation’s children to participate in sport and pursue healthier lifestyles.

A third prize on offer on the day was the Spirit of Rugby award, which goes to the school demonstrating true sportsmanship during the tournament, Old Bank Primary from Mirfield collecting that trophy.

The Pontefract finalists have secured a place at the National Tag 2 Twickenham Final at the birth place of Rugby, Rugby School on the 13th July, when they will compete on The Close, the world-famous venue at which William Webb-Ellis is reputed to have picked the ball for the first time and in doing so created the game of rugby.

YAZOO and the RFU work in partnership with the national police children’s charity, Child Victims of Crime (CVOC), an initiative to keep children safe which started Tag 2 Twickenham in 2002. The charity funds the training of over 600 police staff a year to coach YAZOO Tag Rugby in primary schools.

Current England International, Mark Cueto the YAZOO Tag Rugby Ambassador and CVOC patron said: “The Tag 2 Twickenham festivals always produce some great rugby skills and I’m sure there will have been some stars of the future on show. I’ve been involved with the programme for over four years and am proud to be a part of what is now the biggest tag rugby scheme in England.”

An added incentive for teams reaching the final is that the winning team and the runners up at Rugby School will have the chance to play against each other during the half-time interval of an RBS 6 Nations fixture at Twickenham in 2012.

In the last two years alone YAZOO, the RFU and CVOC have brought Tag Rugby to nearly two million children as well as donating balls, tag belts and other equipment to thousands of schools across the country.

The Tag 2 Twickenham rugby finals have been running for the past eight years and it is now one of the biggest primary school events of its kind in the country.

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