New School Games
Photo: 2012 School Games
The School Games launches in September 2011 with a new network of School Games Organisers (SGO) taking up their posts at the same time. The RFU works in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust to provide tools and guidance that gives schools, the rugby workforce and SGOs support to run competitions that dovetail within this new framework.
Click the following link for more about the background and levels to the School Games.
The new SGOs are an important part of the field force for rugby union in schools. The RFU has put together a simple SGO Guide outlining the framework of competitions and where the priorities are. Essentially it also includes steps for SGOs to get in touch and work with the rugby network so they can support each other to offer more and sustainable rugby union competitive opportunities for schools. Comming soon.
Rugby Union and the School Games
Rugby union is a good fit for the School Games at all 4 levels:
- Level 1 is a great opportunity for schools to play inter form or house matches in various formats. It doesn’t have to be contact 15 a side either; Touch Rugby and Sevens are ideal for teams within a secondary school to play each other either before, during or after school.
- Level 2 is all about players representing their school regularly against other schools. This continues to be the bedrock of schools rugby union with young people having the chance to test their skills against players of similar standard. Inter school rugby is where the values of teamwork, respect, discipline and sportsmanship really start to affect lives as.
- Level 3 involves the county cup competitions as well as stepping stones to regional and national schools competitions. It is also the stage where the county festivals for MLD Tag Rugby, Girls Year 7 & 8 and the Daily Mail RBS Under 15 Vase pools take place.
- Rugby union is one of the sports to be involved in the Level 4 programme for 2012. The format takes shape in the second half of 2011. This exciting opportunity builds on the great boost of Girls Rugby 7s being included in the Sainsbury's UK School Games.
This takes place on 1-4 September 2011 in Sheffield and includes the most talented Under 18s in England and Wales. Click on the following link for more info about rugby in the School Games.