Spur Merchiston tag rugby this weekend

2017-05-24 06:03
PHOTO: suppliedSpur Merchiston Tag Rugby Festival takes place on Saturday.

PHOTO: suppliedSpur Merchiston Tag Rugby Festival takes place on Saturday.

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MERCHISTON Preparatory School in Pietermaritzburg is hosting their ninth annual Spur Merchiston Tag Rugby Festival on May 27 at the school.

This event has grown every year and provides a wonderful opportunity for teachers and pupils to
enjoy a great event and play tag rugby.

Schools come from all over to compete against the large contingent of local community schools invited to join the festivities.

The title sponsor, Spur, has seen the value in their sponsorship and the event, once again committing themselves as the title sponsor for the 2017 Tag Rugby Association sanctioned the event. The festival starts at 7.30am, with the final games ending at 4pm.

The festival caters for Grades 4 to 7 boys and girls as well as a match for the moms and dads. We look forward to a day filled with tag rugby fixtures.

The event is a non-contact rugby festival where players “tackle” by pulling the tag off the belt of the opponent when they have the ball.

The game teaches players the skills required to understand rugby without the contact that can cause injuries.

The game is fast and fun, and some technical aspects of traditional rugby such as scrums, line-outs, and kicking are not included.

It’s the perfect game for beginners to learn about the sport and the festival has been encouraging parents to take part in the festivities by giving them an opportunity to play a match themselves in the afternoon.

This ensures that the event is filled with family fun and some light-hearted competition.

The benefit of tag rugby is that players can develop their skills over time and later venture into traditional contact rugby, already aware of the skills and techniques they were taught in their tag rugby education.

Spur started sponsoring the event in 2013 with the aim of encouraging players to get involved in this sport, especially as boys and girls are both included.

“Spur Steak Ranches is proud to have been supporting the Spur Merchiston Tag Rugby Festival which aims to hone boys’ and girls’ skills set through the non-contact form of the game and ensuring that an active sporty life prevails,” said Khakhi Diala, Spur Group Marketing.

Spur is focused on keeping children active and inspired to part take in team sports, with an emphasis placed on teaching both sports and life skills. - Supplied

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