Over the past 4 weeks Stenness and Orphir Primary schools have been participating in Tag Rugby sessions, coached by Liam Sharpe and Bruce Ruthven. The sessions took place at the schools with the classes being outside
Throughout the 4 weeks both schools have been covering lots of skills and playing lots of skill related games. Some of these included Ball skills – this gave players a feel for the ball and had them completing exercises like passing the ball around groups whilst clapping and also working together to not drop the ball for a certain amount of time. Tag Bulldogs – this focused on arranging a flat, defensive line and moving up and working as a team as well as the three evasive running skills – sidestep, dodge and swerve. Finally all the classes played proper Tag Rugby games; the games were not only played by upper primary pupils but also by lower primary as well. Players practiced lots of things whilst playing games, such as support play, working as a team in defence and communication.
Orphir being the bigger school had three teams in the upper primary participating in a round robin tournament, whilst Stenness played one big game.
Coach, Liam Sharpe commented: “It is great to be back at Stenness and Orphir, the players have received a lot of Rugby throughout the year and it is clear all the pupils have improved! The effort that the schools put into the Tag Rugby is evident with all the pupils really enjoying the experience’s they are getting out of it”
Some comments from the pupils were:
“Thank you for Tag Rugby, I enjoyed tagging people most!” - Kate
“Tag Rugby is awesome!” – Sophie
“Amazingly brilliant! :) - Magnus
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