The Nithsdale Primary Schools Touch Rugby Festival took place on Wednesday 16 March at Dumfries Saints Rugby Ground at Park Farm, Dumfries. Over 100 pupils competed in the event which was a partnership between Dumfries and Galloway Council and Dumfries Saints Rugby Club.

A weekly programme of taster sessions has been delivered in schools by coaches from Dumfries Saints Rugby Club to prepare the children for the festival and provide them with the opportunity to take part. This is seen as a natural progression from school sport and a development pathway for younger players.

The festival was split into 2 categories for Primary 6/7 girls and Primary 6/7 boys.

​Chairman of the Council’s Community and Customer Services Committee Tom McAughtrie commented; “I am pleased to see so many pupils taking part in events like this.  Our Council is committed to being an inclusive Council as well as giving children the best start in life, and events like this Touch Rugby Festival help us achieve these priorities. I’d like to thank Dumfries Saints Rugby Club for making everyone welcome on the day and for their fantastic help and encouragement.  Well done to all who took part on the day.”

Dumfries Saints Rugby Development Officer, Ed Barnes hailed the event a success and encourages any young player to come to Dumfries Saints Rugby Club to give it a try. For more information please visitwww.dumfriessaintsrugby.co.uk

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