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Your News Twickenham target for 7 Northern Rugby Union schools

Seven Northern Primary Schools are among the 20 teams taking part in the National Tag Rugby finals at Rugby School on Wednesday (July 8), when the two finalists will earn the bonus of playing in a curtain-raiser at Twickenham in November.

Bidding for the national title and a Twickenham outing will be John Emmerson Batty Primary School (Cleveland), St Aloysius RC Junior School (Tyne & Wear), Tarleton Holy Trinity CE Primary School (Lancashire), Quinta Primary School (Cheshire), Cudworth Churchfield Primary School (South Yorkshire), Thorne Green Top Primary School (South Yorkshire) and The Buchan School (Isle of Man).

The event takes place on The Close at Rugby School, where William Webb Ellis is credited with being the first man to pick up and run with a football giving birth to the sport that carries the name of the Warwickshire town.

In addition to treading that very famous piece of turf, the finalists will also get the chance to run out on the most famous pitch in world rugby, Twickenham, when they take part in the build-up to the Investec Challenge game between England and New Zealand on November 21.

Wednesday's event is the culmination of a Rugby Football Union community Tag Rugby programme across England that has been run once again in conjunction with the Child Victims of Crime charity and YAZOO to encourage the nation's children to participate in sport and pursue a safer and healthier lifestyle.

Teams have qualified for the national finals day through a series of local and regional qualifying events for a competition that has involved around 30,000 children - boys and girls.

The CVOC's Tackle Safety programme also helps to bring local communities together by enabling police forces to get involved with local schools and work with them to improve community relations.

Tag Rugby is a non-contact version of the sport that can be played by all ages and which has proved a popular way of introducing participants to rugby.

"Tag Rugby is an excellent sport for building self-esteem, comradeship and an ability to focus on a common theme," said Keith Turner, the charity's chairman and former Chief Constable of Gwent.

"It also provides the police with an excellent opportunity to develop links with the community and deliver important personal safety messages to young people."

YAZOO's commitment to supporting grassroots sport in the UK has to date helped the RFU to bring Tag Rugby to over 1millon children, as well as donating balls, tag belts and other equipment to thousands of schools across the country.

The Tag to Twickenham finals day will be preceded tomorrow (Tuesday July 7) by a new tournament for youngsters, aged between 12 and 16, with moderate learning difficulties.

Eight schools who have qualified from regional finals will take part in the first finals day of this Tag Rugby competition also at Rugby School.

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