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Aviva National Schools Festival takes over the Gardens

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This is the second season Aviva have invested £2 million into in the National Schools Programme, which introduces tag rugby into schools which may otherwise not have been able to teach its students the sport.

Locally the Saints Community team has delivered coaching sessions in 50 schools across Northamptonshire. The 2011/12 programme was launched in November by Ben Foden and Alex Waller, and came to a climax at a sun-lit Franklin's Gardens this week.

Twenty-four teams battled it out in three hours of exciting action. The last team standing was from Kislingbury C of E Primary School, and they will represent the Saints at the 2012 Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham.

"It was an exciting morning of rugby," said Ben Mann, the Saints community officer who has been leading the Aviva National Schools Programme for the club.

"All of the children tried their hardest and there was quite a few talented players out there on show. It was also really encouraging to see the number of parents and family who came out to support their teams and all the matches were played in a good spirit.

"The Aviva National Schools Programme gives us the chance to take rugby to a bigger number of schools that we would otherwise be able to. Tag rugby is a fun sport of the game which boys and girls can both play, and this was reflected in the make-up of the teams this week."

A full gallery of pictures can be seen on the Saints' official Facebook page.

Click here to find out more about the Aviva National Schools Programme.

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