Rugby skills to the fore in tag event

Energetic youngsters from across the Five Towns teamed up to tackle a tag rugby tournament in Castleford.

Year six pupils from 34 schools battled it out at Castleford Rugby Union club in the 13th annual event.

40 schools taking part in the annual Five Towns Tag Rugby event. Held at Castleford Rugby Union Club.'Alverthorpe v Upton

40 schools taking part in the annual Five Towns Tag Rugby event. Held at Castleford Rugby Union Club.'Alverthorpe v Upton

Smawthorne Henry Moore Primary School was crowned the winning team after seeing off youngsters from Featherstone’s St Thomas’ Junior School.

Lindsay Anfield, the Youth Sports Trust’s school games organiser for the Five Towns, said: “It went really well and the kids all absolutely loved it.

“We’d also like to thank Castleford Rugby Union Club which stepped in at the last minute to host the event and was fantastic.

“Staff from the club were really nice with the children and made sure it was successful. We were really pleased with how it went.”

Miss Anfield, head of PE at De Lacy Academy, Knottingley organised the event with PE teachers across the area.

She added: “Tag rugby is a sport children can all take part in and enjoy as it’s not a contact sport.

“It’s a nice way for them to make new friends, learn teamwork skills and also learn about winning and losing.

“We’re already making plans for next year’s tournament.”