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St Joseph’s lift Havering Tag Rugby School Games Compeition title – to delight of teacher Nicola Usher!

PUBLISHED: 14:00 12 November 2016

Schools across Havering taking part in a tag rugby competition at May & Baker (pic: Ken Mears).

Schools across Havering taking part in a tag rugby competition at May & Baker (pic: Ken Mears).

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Upminster Primary School praised after event at May & Baker and now go on to represent Borough in 2017 London Youth Games

Schools across Havering taking part in a tag rugby competition at May & Baker (pic: Ken Mears). Schools across Havering taking part in a tag rugby competition at May & Baker (pic: Ken Mears).

St Joseph’s Primary teacher Nicola Usher was bursting with pride after watching her pupils claim success in the Havering Tag Rugby School Games Competition and Festival last week.

The annual event took place at May & Baker last Thursday and although it was a chilly afternoon, it was a memorable one for many year five and six youngsters.

Over 30 primary schools took part and the winner of the School Games competition knew they would go on to represent Havering in the London Youth Games in 2017.

After an enjoyable day, St Joseph’s triumphed much to the delight of teacher Usher, she said: “I hadn’t even thought about representing Havering, but that’s brilliant and the kids are delighted.

“Some of them have played before although for others it was there first experience of competition rugby. It was also the first time some of them have played tag rugby.”

Havering Sport Collective helped arrange the competition with May & Baker proving perfect hosts.

Volunteers from Campion Sixth Form and Barking & Dagenham College enabled the day to run smoothly with hundreds of parents in attendance.

Sharon Phillips, Havering Sports Collective’s strategic lead, said: “We had two different competitions going on. We had the School Games event with the winners qualifying for the London Youth Games. St Joseph’s won that and then we had the festival running alongside it which was won by St Edward’s.

“We couldn’t run this event without referees from Campion and Barking & Dagenham College. I think we had 40 of them helping out.

“They’ve managed the pitches and done really well so deserve credit and Scott Murphy has been in overall charge of any niggles, but we’ve had so few. I can probably count them on one hand so it has been a fantastic day and the weather has helped.”

Murphy, part of the Cranham & Upminster Locality Rugby Project, hopes the competition can help more children stay in the sport.

He added: “There have been lots of kids that probably wouldn’t normally play rugby so it is something new for all of them. I’m hoping we can get them playing a better standard of rugby or at clubs which would be good for the future.”

Benhurst, of Hornchurch, reached the final of both the School Games Competition and the Festival to mark an excellent day for them while the real winner was rugby with so many children getting a taste of the sport.

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