Wroxham & Coltishall

Pupils try a new sport

Just Regional
Apr 12, 2024 2 mins read

Boys and girls from six north Norfolk schools have given rugby a try as part of a North Walsham Rugby Club programme.

It comes as the interest in junior rugby – particularly among girls – is “exploding”, according to the Vikings’ director of rugby, Niall Lear.

More than 500 Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils — including from Broadland High Ormiston Academy – took part in the latest round of the programme at the club’s ground in Scottow.

Niall said: “During a full day, they get a lot of exposure to rugby. In the morning we have a series of skills sessions, and in the afternoon we play interschool matches.

“The response has been really positive and staff, pupils and parents all seem to enjoy it.”

 Thousands of pupils have taken part in the programme since it was launched six years ago. Schools involved in the latest, six-week round also included Aylsham High School, Flegg High Ormiston Academy, North Walsham High School and Stalham High School.

Flagship Homes became a programme sponsor in November, joining the Wensum Trust and Flagship partner firm Lovell, which sponsors the club’s 1st XV team.

Tony Tann, Flagship Homes managing director, said: “We’re all about giving back to the communities we serve and we’re thrilled to be a part of the Vikings’ programme.

“We love the chance to encourage youngsters to stay active and healthy.

“We’re excited to team up with the club and help kids grow and thrive.”

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