Wokingham School Games Girls’ Tag Rugby Festival

3rd April 2019

On Wednesday 3rd April, it was the turn of the girls to take to the field at Reading Rugby Club and participate in the annual Wokingham tag rugby festival. However, this was the first time that the festival was single gender – something Mr Lappin had been campaigning for over the past few years. As with the boys the day before, the festival was aimed at those children who do not play competitive rugby outside of school or have represented the school regularly in tag rugby matches.

The festival got underway and Mr Lappin was pleased to see how the girls managed the game, with the captain leading the organising. For each match, a new captain was chosen so that the children had experience in approaching the referee with any concerns on behalf of the team, thanking the referee at the end of the match and ensuring that their team mates were prepared appropriately. The sporting professionalism by the Shinfield St. Mary’s girls was second-to-none – a trait that flows extensively through the veins of this group of girls.

The girls finished with 4 wins out of 5 matches with some electric tries scored by the Year 6 girls. Upon completion of their matches, the girls were then invited to meet a female England International rugby player. Sarah McKenna kindly signed the Shinfield children’s school diaries and the girls asked some probing questions about the life as a professional female athlete. Having a role model such as Sarah attend the festival was brilliant because the Shinfield St. Mary’s girls could see that one day, they could also be a professional athlete if they dedicate themselves to an active lifestyle and have a love of all sport.