On Thursday 21st May nineteen Year 10 students were given the opportunity to lead a Primary School Tag Rugby Festival at Lincoln Rugby Club. The festival was an event which attracted primary schools from across the county, including schools from Grantham, Lincoln and Gainsborough.
After two days of training and a crash course in officiating and coaching tag rugby, delivered by the RFU, the pupils were thrown straight into the deep end on the day. They were briefed by the RFU coaches and then given the opportunity to organise and deliver the morning session of coaching. They were split into groups of two or three and supplied with the equipment they needed to deliver a tag rugby activity of their choice. They were creative in their approach to this and came up with activities such as end ball, rugby rounders and rugby bulldog.
There were seven stations with a different tag rugby activity at each one. The leaders had two primary schools at their station for ten minutes at a time, before they swapped round and two different schools came to the station.
The young leaders were well organised and confident in what they were delivering and this helped the event get off to a fantastic start. They seemed to be enjoying themselves and this rubbed off on the primary school children who were also having a great time.
The LCHS members of staff and the RFU coaches received some glowing praise from the primary school teachers about how well our students had delivered the sessions and how brilliant they had been in engaging the primary school children. One teacher singled out praise for a student who took the time to explain and demonstrate an activity to a child who was struggling to understand the rules due to a language barrier. The general feeling from primary school teachers was that the morning activities were superbly run, engaging, fun and delivered fantastically well by our students. This is all down to the students who worked exceptionally hard to make their activities enjoyable and memorable. It was not just the primary school children who were having a good time though. An LCHS student even suggested that “this is the best thing I’ve done the whole time I’ve been at school!”
As the sun burn started to turn the students a healthy tone of red it was time for the afternoon session and a chance for the students to test their refereeing prowess. Split into three groups the students were given a fixture list and then the opportunity to lead and officiate the matches. Despite the matches being non-competitive, there was an inevitable will to win displayed by the players and teachers alike, something which tested our students’ leadership qualities. Predictably though, they delivered exceptionally well and refereed the matches with great respect, class and fairness throughout. There were many different officiating styles on show; some preferred an authoritative, whistle blowing approach whilst others adopted a more relaxed manner. Whatever the style though our students certainly got the job done. They once again received praise from everyone at the event; teachers, RFU coaches and parents all commented on the professionalism shown on the day and the way that our student conducted themselves in such a positive, enthusiastic way.
Teachers, parents and children all left with smiles on their faces after a hugely successful day for our young leaders, who delivered an event which they can all look back on with a sense of pride and accomplishment.
This was a fantastic opportunity for the pupils and one which they certainly made the most of. It speaks volumes of our students that the RFU have already spoken to the PE department about using another group of our students to deliver a similar rugby festival at the start of the next academic year. So, congratulations to the following students for their hard work and effort in representing LCHS:
Anna Harrison Anna Jeffrey Ben Charles Cobie Thacker Dan Hooley Dylan Grealish Ella Revitt Ethan Williams Joe Donnerstag Joe Uttley
Jordan Hopkinson Kane Brown Krista Strautniece Louise Mellows Michael Lebaldi Paula Mejia Ruiz Sam Chapman Sam Peach Will Cragg
Mr C Fitzpatrick
LCHS PE Department