Northampton Saints has partnered with housing and regeneration specialist Keepmoat Regeneration, part of the ENGIE Group, to develop tag rugby at a number of primary schools within Northampton.
This new programme will deliver tag rugby sessions within schools for five weeks and then give participating teams the opportunity to be a part of a tournament at Franklin’s Gardens at the end of the academic year.
Throughout the course of the programme, children – who can range between Years 3 and 6 – will learn the rules of tag rugby along with the core principles and values of rugby, namely teamwork, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship.
Two teachers from each school will also be able to join a free coach education session later in the academic year, giving them the skills needed to continue to lead tag rugby sessions in the future.
“Tag rugby is always popular within schools, and we’re delighted to be partnering with Keepmoat Regeneration with this new programme,” said Saints’ head of community Connor Fleming.
“We’re looking forward to taking tag rugby back into schools where we haven’t worked for some time, and would like to thank Keepmoat Regeneration for their support.”
Jyoti Madlani, Partnering Manager at Keepmoat Regeneration, said: “At Keepmoat Regeneration, we place great importance on investing in the communities in which we work.
“We are delighted to be working with our partners on this programme and hope it will have a very positive impact on the schoolchildren. Who knows, we might even find the next Saints star player!”
Keepmoat Regeneration is currently working in partnership with Northampton Partnership Homes (NPH) to carry out a forecasted £160m programme of planned investment to council owned homes and neighbourhoods in Northampton over the next ten years.
Helen Town, Head of Asset Management & Development for NPH added: “I am really excited about this programme for children in Spring Boroughs and Kings Heath. When we partnered with Keepmoat Regeneration, we were impressed with their commitment to community investment and we will continue to invest in our neighbourhoods and create opportunities for those who live in them.”