St John Bosco Catholic Primary School

What a day it was over at Kings Norton Rhinos RFC! We brought two teams over to compete in a 20 team competition amongst nearly 200 children, emulating the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2019. It was a fantastic day with all teams playing 8 matches. There was some bonus game time too with schools helping to make up numbers for the 20th unassigned country, which was lots of fun. In addition to the rugby there was a special appearance from a Maori performer, who taught all children the Haka, and Worcester Warriors were represented, giving out plenty of freebies to all players!

Prior to the festival, all teams completed project work on their assigned countries – ours being South Africa and Tonga. These were judged by a panel of young leaders on the day, who also scored all matches. Points were awarded based on sides demonstrating rugby’s core values of sportsmanship, discipline, teamwork respect and enjoyment, as well as the result itself. This meant that everyone had a great time and the behaviour throughout the competition was exemplary. At the end of the festival all children received a medal and we were delighted that both of our teams finished in joint 4th position. There was also a presentation of the Chris Cooksey Memorial Trophy to the overall winners, Tiverton, by Chris’s sons Gareth and Phill, which marked the end of a fitting tribute to someone who gave so much to get children involved in rugby.

A huge well done to everyone involved in the day and thanks to Miss Williams who did a great job at her first sporting event for Bosco!