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STREET RUGBY HEADS TOWARDS FINALS DAY

5th September 2012, 14:54

STREET RUGBY HEADS TOWARDS FINALS DAY

Third Festival takes place in North Wales on Thursday

PLAYERS from across North Wales will be out to make their mark ahead of next week's Street Rugby Festival finals in Wrexham as they take part in the third Festival Day at Brynteg on Thursday night (September 6).

Two other 'festivals' have taken place in recent weeks, all part of an initiative which has been running for the last ten weeks across the region, and has proved to be a tremendous success.

Wales Rugby League have been working in partnership with North Wales Police, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, national charity Organisation Street Games, plus many other community and development services across North East Wales to deliver the programme.

These partners are Wrexham Community Safety Partnership, Flintshire Community safety Partnership, Flintshire Youth Justice Service, Flintshire Sport Development, Caia Park Communities First, Avow Plas Madoc, Gwenfro Communities First, Denbighshire Council housing and social services.

Each area has had a session a week for players to get involved and, once a month, there has been a Festival where every region comes together to play.

Now, at Bryteg Solway Banks in Wrexham, around a hundred youngsters will be competing in the third Festival as they prepare for the big Finals Day next Wednesday.

Street Rugby community volunteer Mark Parry, who is also chariman of Flintshire Falcons, said he hopes his own club has secured enough players form the initiative to begin an Under-16 side for next season.

Parry said: "Street Rugby is about taking the sport onto the very doorsteps of youngsters and households in the region.

"How it works is we all go to a park, put 30 or 40 cones down, we have a number of balls and some bibs - and we get on with it. Anyone can come along and can play for as long or as short as they like.

"This is the first year we have done this in North Wales and it is, basically, about introducing youngsters to a new sport in the area. Certainly, there are a couple of young lads who we have already spotted that can be real gems.

"And, as far as Flintshire Falcons is concerned, we have identified enough players to begin formulating an Under-16s team for next year."

The third Festival Day is between 6pm-8pm and for more information about Street Rugby, contact the Wales Rugby League on www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk or ring the office on 01443 843737.