Five Leicestershire schools took part in Aggregate Industries’ annual Concrete Rugby Festival last week (5 June), which was the culmination of a six week rugby programme organised in partnership with Leicester Tigers.
Pupils from Gartree High School in Oadby, Newbridge High School in Coalville, Winstanley High School in Braunstone, John Ferneley College in Melton Mowbray, and Saint Martin’s Catholic Voluntary Academy in Nuneaton went head-to-head in the touch rugby tournament, which was held at Aggregate Industries’ Bardon Hill HQ.
Concrete Rugby, an initiative delivered by Leicester Tigers and Aggregate Industries, is a six week programme where Tigers coaches introduce rugby to pupils in Years 7-10 across the region. This academic year, a total of 17 schools from across Leicestershire have taken part in the programme.
As part of the scheme, coaches teach youngsters a range of skills including handling, tackling and game-play. Each session also includes a discussion on topics such as safety, exercise and well-being and, over the last few weeks, pupils and teachers on the programme have been gearing up for this tournament.
This school year saw Concrete Rugby tackle a number of issues including anti-bullying, cyber-bullying and cycle safety alongside encouraging youngsters to get involved in rugby.
Joe Reynolds, Tigers rugby development officer who runs the Concrete Rugby programme said: “This is the second year we have worked together with Aggregate Industries to run Concrete Rugby, and we’re delighted to have supported 17 schools through the programme this year. The festival was a real success, and it was great to see pupils from across the region put their newly-found skills to the test and really engage with rugby as a sport.”
Donna Hunt, Head of Sustainability at Aggregate Industries, added: “The Concrete Rugby initiative is an excellent way to encourage young people and provide them with the skills required to lead healthy and active lifestyles. We’re committed to supporting schools and communities in the areas in which we operate, and have really enjoyed getting out and delivering Concrete Rugby to so many of them this academic year.”
For further information about Concrete Rugby and how secondary schools can get involved next school year, visit www.leicestertigers.com/community/aggregate-industries-concrete-rugby.