posted on 10 July 2014

Over 180 primary school children took part in a fantastic tag rugby festival sponsored by WDHCS last week.

Around 180 school children took part in a tag rugby festival.

The year 5 and 6 pupils from Altofts, Netherton, Normanton Junior, The Mount, Newlands, St. Michaels, Sandal Magna, Sandal Endowed, Heath View and Stanley St. Peters  got the chance to follow in the footsteps of their heroes by spending the day playing on the hallowed turf.  That was after the teams had the chance to run out of the tunnel and took part in a dance warm-up, joined by Nick Scruton and Taulima Tautai.

The event was run by the Wakefield Trust team and supported by members of the Wildcats Sport & Education Academy including a number of the Wildcats under 19’s Academy who are studying for a level 3 BTEC alongside full-time training.

Netherton were the eventual winners with all the young people who took part receiving a certificate to remember the day by. Wakefield Trust development officer, James Stephenson, declared the day a big success.

“It was a thoroughly enjoyable day for everyone involved and it was fantastic to see so many young people on the pitch participating in rugby league,” said James.

“A number of the schools involved have been part of our ‘Happy, Healthy Fun Days’ which are continuing to be really well received and we must thank all the schools and teachers for helping make the day a good one.  A special thanks must also go to WDHCS for enabling us to deliver not only the tag festival but the fun days too.”

Darren Rogers, Sport & Education Officer for the Wildcats Sport & Education Academy, says the day was another example of the opportunities studying with the Wildcats can bring.

“Our students enjoyed a unique experience and helped out with all aspects of the day and got hands on experience of what it’s like to run such a large event.

“Learning with us provides opportunities that doing a similar course elsewhere can’t do.  If anyone is aged 16-18 and has an interest in working in professional sport then there really is no better place to learn than at a professional sports club.”

For more on the BTEC course offered at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium, click HERE.


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