Over 160 rugby mad kids flock to Belper for Amber Valley TAG festival

Herbert Strutt Belper (yellow) v Swanwick ( Maroon).
Herbert Strutt Belper (yellow) v Swanwick ( Maroon).

Belper Rugby Union Football Club hosted their fifth annual Amber Valley TAG rugby festival last week, with over 160 young people gracing the pitches.

Howitt Primary took the title, following impressive performances throughout the competition.

Not dropping a point in the qualifying leagues they stormed through the quarter finals but were given a tough test against a resilient Breadsall in the semi-final who eventually took third overall.

Duffield Meadows were the other finalists, having overcome Swanwick who were fourth following their third/fourth playoff, but were beaten by Howitt 6-3 to round off a fine team display.

Overall 21 teams and over 160 young people were competing at Belper Rugby club, brilliantly supported by the club volunteers, Amber Valley school Sports Partnership, Derbyshire RFU Community coaches and a special appearance from Bully, the club’s youth mascot.

The club also welcomed staff from Leicester Tigers who brought their ‘Big Boot’ machine to help the young players practice their catching.

This September Belper RUFC will run another Tag Tournament for local schools to coincide with the Rugby World Cup.

Martin Holmes, director of youth rugby at Belper, said: “We will be asking schools that sign up to represent the countries that are entering the World Cup.”

“We hope they will be able to learn something of their ‘adopted’ country and understand the importance of rugby there.”

“We have an exciting year of rugby ahead of us,” he added.