Dinnington Rugby Club are looking to the future – and last week’s schools tag rugby tournament is a key part of their strategy.
More than 300 children are already involved in the Lodge Lane junior section.
And with another 250 from local schools taking part in the annual tag event, club officials hope their youth development programme will continue to grow.
Alan Peasgood, one of the tag tournament organisors, said the 2014 event was another success.
“We had a great day, due to good organisation and marvellos weather,” he said.
“Maltby Lill Hall won the cup, beating Woodsetts after extra-time in the final, and Thurcroft won the plate.”
“We had 13 schools enter on the day, and 250-plus kids.”
Students from Dinnington Comprehensive, along with two of the rugby club’s own coaches, officiated the matches.
“We had seven boys from the comp and they were excellent, and we were also supported by our coaches and Olly Dixon from the RFU.”
He explained why the tournament is so popular year after year with local schools.
“It’s a different avenue from what they do normally, we’re welcomed in the schools and they all enjoy the competition.”
“It teaches them teamwork, sportsmanship and introduces people to the sport who wouldn’t ever think about it.”
“It’s non contact, suitable for anyone of any size and the girls can compete equally with the boys.”
Peasgood believes the tournament can only help Dinnington to expand their already impressive junior section.
“We’ve been doing it for over 10 years, and it has introduced a lot of kids to the club,” he said.
“Our micro, mini and junior section has over 300 kids, starting at five and six years old and going up to the Colts at 18.”
“Kids then pass through into the senior section.”
The tag tournament has a ‘World Cup’ theme each year, with each school team taking on a national identity.
This year’s winners, Maltby Lilly Hall, were playing as Namibia, while plate winners Thurcroft were Scotland.