Daventry Schools Festival kicks off school Rugby World Cup celebrations

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Hundreds of school children from across Daventry District will be vying for their own chance of World Cup glory at a celebratory rugby tournament next month.

Pupils from 20 primary schools will be taking part in the Daventry Schools Festival of Rugby, which will be held at Daventry Rugby Club on Thursday, 8 October. Each school will be representing a competing nation of the Rugby World Cup, with two competitions taking place for Years 3&4 and 5&6.

The event has been organised by Northamptonshire Sport’s South Northants and Daventry School Sport Partnership and Daventry Rugby Club, whose coaches and club players are taking on the roles of match officials for the day.

The primary schools taking part (and the nations they will be representing) are:

West Haddon (England), Moulton Primary (Australia), Welford, Sibbertoft and Sulby Endowed School (Wales), Yelvertoft (Uruguay), Great Creaton (Fiji), The Bramptons (USA), The Grange (South Africa), Staverton (Japan), Clipston (Samoa), Sywell (Scotland), Guilsborough (New Zealand), Overstone (France), Badby (Argentina), Crick (Italy), Newnham (Tonga), Pitsford (Ireland), The Abbey (Georgia), Falconers Hill (Canada), East Haddon (Namibia) and Brixworth (Romania).

Councillor Alan Hills, community, culture and leisure portfolio holder at Daventry District Council, which is also supporting the event, said: “The festival gives our local youngsters the perfect opportunity to share in the excitement and enjoyment of the Rugby World Cup.

“There will be prizes up for grabs on the day and also schools will be displaying their learning about the history of the World Cup. It promises to be a great event for all involved.”

To find out more, follow Daventry Rugby Club @DaventryRFC and NSport’s @SNDSchoolSport on Twitter. You can also tweet your comments about the day using the hashtags #FestivalOfRugby, #RWC2015, #Celebrating Rugby and #CarryThemHome