Thursday 14th March saw Allianz Park host a double header of rugby as the Saracens Sport Foundation ran back to back schools events which saw more than 200 young people from the local area playing on the magical Saracens pitch.
First up the Barnet Borough Schools Year 4 tag rugby festival, which saw schools from across the Borough competing to be crowned champions. This event, supported by Saracens Sport Foundation’s work across Barnet Primary schools, was the culmination of hours of in school coaching from teachers trained by the Foundation. After 7 thrilling pool and knockout matches, Livingstone and Sunnyfields Primary Schools won through to the final, where Livingstone were the winners, outscoring Sunnyfields 3-2 in Golden time, in an exhilarating end to end contest.
Part two of the double header afternoon was a Barnet Secondary Schools fixture night as part of the Foundation’s BLAST project. Totteridge Academy, St Mary’s High School, East Barnet School and Wren Academy provided year 7 and 8 teams, to compete in a number of competitive fixtures at Allianz Park. The schools’ also had their teachers present, and they were tasked with officiating the games after recently taking part in their Entry Level Referees Award.
Luke Roberts, Head of PE at Totteridge Academy was enthusiastic in his praise “this is a fantastic opportunity for these boys to play at a Premiership rugby ground. The support Saracens have provided the school over the last two years has been a huge boost, and enabled us to set up rugby in school”