YuGo engage with 70 participants at Gloucestershire SEND Tag Rugby Festival

The Shrubberies School have a team photo with their Hartpury College coaches

In the penultimate week of April, Allsorts’ delivery arm YuGo engaged with 70 participants through the YuGo SEND Tag Rugby Festival.

Held at Hartpury University and Hartpury College, the festival was attended by six Gloucestershire specialist schools:

  • The Milestone School
  • The Shrubberies School
  • Belmont School
  • Heart of the Forest Community Special School
  • Bettridge School
  • Alderman Knight School

A mixture of students from across key stage two, three and four made up nine teams for the festival, with participants enjoying fun games and drills, alongside matches and tournaments.

Jordan, a teacher at Heart of the Forest School, said: “It’s been really good, very enjoyable. Great coaches from the Hartpury perspective, really well ran and the kids have thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

“I think it’s great from a social element, having the opportunity to mix with other pupils is fantastic.”

In collaboration with YuGo staff, the festival was ran by Hartpury College students, with pupils studying an Extended Diploma in Sport acting as coaches, officials, marshals and supporters for the day.

Tom, Hartpury College student, commented: “It’s been really good, it’s nice to see the children coming together from lots of different schools and playing each other, with plenty of sportsmanship being shown.

“The participants have really engaged with our coaching and officiating which is really helpful and it’s been great.”

Ollie, Hartpury College student, added: “I’ve really enjoyed it, it’s been good seeing the children get involved and seeing them improve over the day. Everyone’s learning and enjoying themselves and if they’re not we’re trying to help them.

“I’ve enjoyed watching Belmont, I think they’ve been the most exciting to watch and there’s a few characters in their team.”

Alderman Knight School and Belmont School lifted the trophies, finishing the festival as tournament winners, while various schools received unique awards from Hartpury students for showing specific values or sportsmanship in their play.

Edd, a teacher at Belmont School, remarked: “We’ve been doing really well, some of the matches have been quite interesting. We’ve had some really good play, some nice camaraderie from the children, adults, staff members and the Hartpury coaches.

“I’d definitely recommend these events to other schools for the future. Everybody has got together and we’ve all had a nice time.”

YuGo are exercise engagement pioneers and are dedicated to raising funds for Allsorts via surplus profit. They support education providers to develop programmes which engage and inspire children of all abilities into a life long love of exercise.