Allianz Park played host to the first Saracens Sport Foundation International Girls Festival of Tag Rugby last week which saw school sides from Hertfordshire, North London, Kenya and South Africa attend.
Students from New Life School in Nakuru, Kenya and UTS in Port Elizabeth have been brought over to the UK as part of a programme run by the charity TourAid which sees the schools’ students put up by host schools in the UK. TourAid works in challenging communities across Africa and Asia, providing links between communities and life changing experiences.
All participants took part in coaching from Saracens Community Coaches, took in the magnificent facilities at Allianz Park on a stadium tour, and then competed against each other in a thrilling tag rugby festival. The TourAid Rhino’s from New Life took on the TourAid Lions from UTS in the battle of the giants to finish the day, whilst the TourAid Buffalo (a Barbarians team made up of players from each school) showed amazing cohesion to make it to the playoffs. A great day of rugby culminated in presentations from John Inverdale with everyone going away very pleased with the day.
Helen Foy Girls PE coordinator at Nobel School enthused “the girls from Nobel thoroughly enjoyed the day (as did the staff!) If there are any other opportunities at all in the future please could you let me know… this is a great project.”
Andy Berry TourAid’s CEO was equally enthusiastic “what a fantastic day, the girls from Nakuru and UTS have been inspired and will remember this day for the rest of their lives.”