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> Saturday the 6th of April saw the first ever mini contact Rugby games between Junior Schools in Burnley & Padiham.
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> Developed from the partnership between the Club and Burnley Schools Sports Partnership seven schools - Cherryfold, Springfield, St Mary Magdalenes, St Leonards, St James Briercliffe, Christ the King had all taken part. With community rugby coach Simon Finnan working with each school for a six week period and it was rounded off at the club. Where 30 families came and had a great morning of RUGBY, supported by club coaches - Ian Coates. Ross Clemence. Stef Hargreaves. Gus Ferguson. Ryan Bradley. Joe Parkinson.
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> Each school were warmed up as a team and then played mini matches against each other, results not recorded just the freedom of having a go at tackling, rucking and small scrums. All did very well then it was into the club for a buffet and certificate presentation.
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> All seem to enjoy it and from it 6 youngsters have since joined Burnley RUFC and have settled in very well 4 boys & 2 girls, with others more welcome. Hopefully all thinking of continuing the game into their secondary school.
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> Therefore a great first year of the project, thank you Helen Tyson of Burnley School Sports Partnership for backing the event, the children for whole heartedly learning and enjoying the sport, and the teachers for being there and working with Simon when needed. Let's hope to a second year in 2019/20.
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> "After six years working with all junior schools, this was great trying something new and really enjoyable seeing children develop from never before tackling to be fully comfortable, and trust me there are some very talented rugby players in Burnley, both boys and girls". Simon
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Yr8 U13s Tournament A Great event held at Burnley RUFC supported by Burnley Schools Partnership, Burnley Community Rugby

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