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RUGBY: Spalding Academy, Thomas Cowley High School, Donington, and Bourne Academy take part in secondary schools' rugby tournament




Spalding Rugby Club hosted their second secondary schools' tournament at the club's new Drain Bank North ground.

The first event saw Years 10 and 11 students from Spalding Academy, Bourne Academy, Thomas Cowley High School, Donington, and Boston

Grammar School compete in a seven-a-side format, with more than 40 teenagers taking part.

Next to scrum down where Years 7, 8 and 9 students from the same three schools, with all teams playing four games each over a total of four and a half hours.

Spalding RFC head coach George Reid (right) hosts the Spalding Secondary Schools Rugby Tournament at the club's Drain Bank North ground. Photo supplied. (5871339)
Spalding RFC head coach George Reid (right) hosts the Spalding Secondary Schools Rugby Tournament at the club's Drain Bank North ground. Photo supplied. (5871339)

The tournament produced some excellent rugby from by all ages, especially as none of these schools are recognised as having strong rugby pedigree.

The Year 9 part of the event was extremely well-contested, with some excellent tackling and running, while in-between games, the pupils received coaching on various aspects of the game from Spalding RFC age group coaches Paul Wilks and Richard, as well as David Cotton-Betteridge, of the Rugby Football Union.

Matches were refereed by club treasurer Peter Jullien and the students were served with hot meals during the tournament.

It was the second of three events are designed to encourage Year 7-11 students to consider taking up the sport and possibly joining one of the teams at Spalding.

Spalding RFC head coach George Reid (right) hosts the Spalding Secondary Schools Rugby Tournament at the club's Drain Bank North ground. Photo supplied. (5871337)
Spalding RFC head coach George Reid (right) hosts the Spalding Secondary Schools Rugby Tournament at the club's Drain Bank North ground. Photo supplied. (5871337)

In the lead-up to the tournament, Spalding head coach George Reid is working with both Spalding Academy and Thomas Cowley to deliver up to 12 rugby sessions a week.

The sessions cover all age groups and are running between October 2018 and April 2019 when both lunch-time and after-school clubs are open to boys and girls.

As an extra incentive, all youngsters have been invited to a trials day at Drain Side North on Sunday, with parents and relatives welcome to give their children support.

Spalding RFC head coach George Reid (right) hosts the Spalding Secondary Schools Rugby Tournament at the club's Drain Bank North ground. Photo supplied. (5871335)
Spalding RFC head coach George Reid (right) hosts the Spalding Secondary Schools Rugby Tournament at the club's Drain Bank North ground. Photo supplied. (5871335)


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