Pupils pack down for a fun day learning all about rugby - The Redditch Standard

Pupils pack down for a fun day learning all about rugby

Redditch Editorial 18th May, 2022   0

MORE than 100 schoolchildren from Redditch and Solihull have taken part in rugby takeover events at Birmingham & Solihull Bees Rugby Club at The Portway.

The pupils, aged seven to nine years old, from Webheath Academy Primary School, Mappleborough Green Primary, Coppice Primary School and Tanworth-in-Arden Primary School, were given the opportunity to take part in a series of mini-rugby sessions and receive high-quality sports coaching from qualified rugby coaches.

The takeover days were delivered in association with Birmingham & Solihull Bees Rugby Club and attended by Redditch Borough Council Leader, Councillor Matt Dormer.

They are part of a two-year partnership launched last year between leading commercial property developer, Stoford and community engagement specialist, Community Group.

The partnership aims to provide a programme of PE and sports opportunities for children in Redditch and Solihull, with a focus on rugby union and rugby values.

It includes provision of lunch time clubs and tailored PE and curriculum delivery, enabling children to develop a healthy habit of exercising and support a positive experience of sport.

Dan Gallagher, jJoint manager director at Stoford, said: “It’s so positive to see young people getting active and having fun. This is the first time that many of the children have taken part in the game of rugby and hopefully the experience will inspire them to keep playing.

“Rugby is not only a fun sport to play, it also teaches important life skills as part of a supportive and inclusive team environment that any age group can enjoy.”

Mini and junior chair for Birmingham & Solihull Bees Rugby Club, Pete Carr, said: “We’ve hugely enjoyed hosting the two events with Stoford and Community Group. You could see how much fun the children had and we’re really keen to build on that momentum. We want local schools to continue to use the space we have available here and would encourage anyone interested to contact the Club.”

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