19 Feb 2016
Loughborough launches the Spirit of Rugby festival
A national project aiming to engage young people in rugby kicked off this week at Loughborough.
Launched by the Spirit of 2012 Trust and England Rugby, the project provides young people, aged 16-19, the opportunity to get involved with rugby by playing, coaching, spectating and volunteering.
The event offered the opportunity for young people to have a go at playing and coaching rugby, along with a chance to win a number of prizes including tickets to the London 7s.
Martha Riggs, School Games Event Co-ordinator, said: “It was an excellent day and a great success, the volunteers did a fantastic job and it was brilliant to see so many young people getting involved in all the activities that were on offer.”
Mike Hawkes, Spirit of Rugby Project Coordinator, adds: “On Tuesday the 'Pass it On' group delivered their first major event on the Loughborough University campus. The day included the opportunity for people to sign up to their 4 strands: Playing, Coaching, Volunteering and Spectating.
“There were also a couple of Pitch Up and Play sessions, a kicking masterclass and a crossbar challenge. It was a well-run event with 90+ attendees, and 1 very large England mascot!”