School Wins First Rugby Matches

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Young rugby players from the Five Islands School have played, and won, their first matches against visiting sides since coaching started last September.

Adam May and Wayne Davey have been training around thirty young players, both boys and girls, who turn up at their regular Tuesday evening sessions.

Most of the children are in Years 4 and 5 but Adam says they’re even getting some Year 2 kids interested in the game. They play non-contact touch rugby, which Adam says suits the age and ability of the players.

They’re planning to take a team to the Cornwall School Games in Redruth and Adam says there’ll be a tough selection process because there are so many good players to choose from.

He says it’s not as easy for our youngsters to attend these types of events as it is for mainland kids and the group have been supported by grants from the Scilly Lottery, the Adam Mallon Fund and the School PTFA to enable them to meet the costs of the travel and accommodation.

Yesterday’s matches against St Mewan and Probus, who are visiting on school trips, give the islands’ team a chance to gain experience and develop their skills.

And after winning all their matches, Wayne says they look extremely competent, which bodes well for the future.

They’ve got another five fixtures against visiting sides between now and the Cornwall Games in June and Wayne, a former professional rugby player with the Cornish Pirates, is hoping to bring a couple of players over from that team to help with training.

He says if they can get the youngsters interested in the game at this early stage, he’s hoping they will continue to take part as they get older.

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