Stroud schools were treated to a festival of Tag-Rugby with the Atlas Games, writes James Jeffery.
Staged across two days, hosting a small and a large school format, children from school years 3 to 6 were provided with the opportunity to showcase their well-tuned rugby techniques or experience the game for the first time.
The respective festivals couldn’t have produced a greater impact, not only the gameplay positives of teamwork, the tag tackling and a whole host of brilliant tries, the development of ability and understanding of rugby was the biggest winner with all players leaving far advanced compared to when they arrived.
Generating leaderboards and top position play-offs, the quality of games at the decisive end of the days were brilliant, with great tag tackles and some brilliant running rugby, not to mention the close, intricate passing leading to schools taking the spoils.
Winners for the day included Callowell Primary in the year 5/6 small schools, accompanied by The Croft Primary in the year 3/4 school schools, with Gastrells Primary taking the year 5/6 crown in the large schools whilst Cashes Green Primary topped the table in the year 3/4 large schools competition.
Both events were supported brilliantly by Archway Secondary School sixth form leaders, helping provide support for the players and officials whilst also gaining the skills to officiate and lead.