Jersey Primary School Pupils Receive Lesson in Tag Rugby

10 June 2008

Contact: Sari Cuming, Marketing Manager, sari.cuming@db.com

Source: Deutsche Bank International Limited

Location: Jersey

Over 90 pupils from six different schools in Jersey are receiving an introduction to tag rugby in a specially organised tournament this week. The tournament, which takes place on Thursday 12th June at the Airport pitches, forms part of the Deutsche Bank Rugby Development programme and has been organised by Mark White, Jersey Rugby Development Officer.

Eight teams will take part in the tournament, which kicks off at 1pm. After the group match stage and semi-finals, the final is scheduled to be played at 3.45pm with presentations being made to the winners shortly afterwards.

The teams are made up of both girls and boys from La Moye, St Martins, Mont Nicolle, St John, De La Salle and JCG. Mark White will also give those taking part an introduction to the rules of tag rugby.

Mark White, Jersey Rugby Development Officer, said: "Tag rugby is a fast-moving, safe, non-contact game suitable for both boys and girls to play together. Because possession in tag rugby can change so quickly and attack can rapidly switch to defence, a wide range of skills can be cultivated and developed. Co-operation, determination and teamwork are all key elements in a game of tag rugby. Combined with the fun of the sport, I am sure that the pupils will get a lot out of the tournament this weekend."

Andreas Tautscher, Chief Country Officer, Deutsche Bank Channel Islands, added: "I am delighted that Deutsche Bank is able to continue its long-term support of rugby development in Jersey. Supporting rugby at grass roots level helps boost participation in sport and gives confidence to the youngsters taking part. The fact that some young players go on from the Jersey Rugby Development Programme to play the sport more regularly goes to highlight the importance of tournaments like this."

The Deutsche Bank Rugby Development Programme, which provides a range of rugby activities for local youngsters of all abilities, has proved to be a huge success since it was established over three years ago. A number of tournaments, leagues, festivals, coaching and refereeing sessions have been organised through the Programme in order to raise interest in the sport in the local community.