Islands’ Tag Rugby Squad Head Off For First Tournament

rugby childrenIt’s a big day for the Five Islands School’s tag rugby team, as they head off to Cornwall for their first tournament.

And it’s even more impressive because the squad of ten boys and girls from Years 5 and 6 only started playing rugby last September.

The sessions were started by Adam May, and local paramedic and former Pirates player, Wayne Davey, has been helping to coach the youngsters.

Wayne says they’ve had a good turnout for their Tuesday evening after-school sessions.

Progress has been so good that they’ve won around half of their games against visiting schools this summer, often facing players who train regularly in mainland youth clubs.

The team play tag rugby and Wayne says some of the kids are “chomping at the bit” to move to the full contact version.

But his view is that they’ll learn more from the tag version, which teaches them to use the space, and get to the other end of the pitch without being tackled.

The squad going to today’s Cornwall School Games in Redruth will be playing five matches and Wayne says he just wants them to do the best they can and to enjoy the experience.

They’re being captained by one of the two girls playing in the team, and the future looks bright with a large number of even younger islands’ children already starting to play, says Wayne.

He’s hoping to start regular Sunday morning sessions on The Garrison in the future, which could rival the popular Saturday morning football club.