The Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Community Department ran a successful primary school festival yesterday for primary schools within the Horbury Partnership. These schools included; West Bretton, Horbury Bridge, Netherton, St Peter’s, and Middlestown. Coincidently, George and Harry Glover from West Bretton Primary School are Nephews of new Owner Andrew Glover, making it even more special for them”. Prior to the festival Women and Girls Development Officer, Clare Marlow delivered five weeks of rugby sessions within each of the schools teaching them the fundamentals of the game including; passing, tackling, playing the ball and ball carry to ensure that they were prepared to compete in the programme finale. During the sessions Clare was accompanied by student volunteers from Leeds Metropolitan University looking to gain experience within the field.
Each of the schools played each other in the preliminary rounds with those teams finishing in the top-two going head-to-head in a girls and boys final. Clare said “throughout these games we saw some good individual and team performances showcasing the skills that they had learnt throughout the rugby programme. Overall the standard of play was very impressive considering that rugby has been ‘alien’ too many of the players before the programme.” She went on to say “the atmosphere at the stadium during these games was fantastic. The young people taking part, alongside parent support created a real match day experience with many turning up with banners, and also singing schools chants adding to their experience of the community game!” Following these games it was clear to see what teams were going through to the finals.
Both the girls and boys finals were evenly matched and competitive throughout. For the girls final it was a late try following a very strong run from St Peters that won them the game. Both teams demonstrated some strong running, team work and tackling skills. The winning team of the boy’s festival was Horbury Bridge A who won three games and drew one game in the prelimary games. The boy’s final proved to be an entertaining encounter with the crowd of parents and pupils getting behind both teams but Horbury A had the final say winning the game three tries-to-two. The winning try was scored by a West Bretton pupil who joined the Horbury A team for the afternoon.
Clare said ‘All the teams playing in the festival seemed to enjoy the occasion and it was great to see the pupils putting into practice the skills that they learnt throughout the programme. Finally we would like to thank Sport England and Heart Research UK for funding the programme and volunteers from Joseph Priestly College and Leeds Metropolitan University for aiding with the smooth running of event ”.
The final results were;
1st – Horbury Bridge
2nd- St Peters
3rd – Netherton
4th – Middlestown
5th – Horbury Bridge B
1st – St Peters
2nd – Middlestown
3rd – Netherton
4th – Horbury Bridge
Finally the community team would like to say a big well done to all those who took part yesterday – we hope you enjoyed the occasion. If you would like further information on local rugby clubs then please feel free to contact the community team on; Tel: 0844 414 0665