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Dragon Sport Tag Rugby Festival

20th June 2012, 14:09

Dragon Sport Tag Rugby Festival

Over 150 children took part in the annual Dragon Sport Tag Rugby festival that took place recently at Shotton Rugby Club.

Over 150 children took part in the annual Dragon Sport Tag Rugby festival that took place recently at Shotton Rugby Club.

 

The event is the culmination of the four leagues which run throughout Flintshire from February to May. This year the programme has been supported by both the Welsh Rugby Union and Wales Rugby League.

 

The festival sees the teams divided into two leagues, with the top two teams playing in the final. Mountain Lane Primary School from Buckley took the honours by winning a closely contested final with Ewloe Green Primary School.

 

Councillor Peter Macfarlane, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Enterprise and Leisure said, "The Dragon Sport Tag Rugby Festival is a great event. This particular rugby programme is part of Sport Flintshire's drive to get every child hooked on sport, and thanks to their efforts, over 400 Flintshire children have experienced the league this year. Congratulations must also go to Mountain Lane Primary School for being the festival winners!"

 

Wales Rugby League North Wales Development Officer Matthew Pritchard said: “This is a first for Wales Rugby League nationally, having Dragon Rugby branded as rugby league as well as rugby union.

 

“Rugby league has really taken off throughout Wales due to the hard work of key partners and volunteers involved. Last week we saw the official opening of our North Wales Development Centre at Deeside Leisure Centre take place, we won the Students Four Nations, and we saw the Welsh talent coming through when we played France last Saturday with 10 new capped players and this is another aspect to highlights this.”

 

Matt Hayes, Sport Development Manager at Flintshire County Council said, “This day is a celebration of rugby and it is encouraging to see so many boys and girls enjoying the game. We would urge all parents to support their children to join their local club.”

 

Michelle Thomas of Sport Flintshire added, “The skill levels have been really high this year once again and the festival was played in a great spirit of sportsmanship and fair play.”

 

Both codes of rugby are thriving in Flintshire at the moment with the continuation of Mold in Division 1 North, the promotion for Shotton into Division 2 and the resurgence of Flint. Further to this, Flintshire has recently launched an open age team, the Flintshire Falcons, who are currently playing in North Wales Championship League this summer.