Balfour Beatty xl Tag Rugby Festival
xl clubs from across London took part in the
annual Balfour Beatty Rugby Festival.
On 7th March 2012 10 Prince’s Trust xl clubs from across
London travelled to The University of Westminster Sports Ground in
Chiswick to take part in the 2012 Balfour Beatty Tag Rugby
Festival, the culmination of The Trust’s xl rugby initiative.
The initiative, which has been running since 2004, is delivered
in partnership with the National Rugby Unions of England and Wales.
Through multiple tag rugby sessions, access to players and
educational materials the scheme seeks to teach 13 -16 year olds at
risk of truanting or under-achievement some key soft skills that
they need to move forward in life: teamwork, communication and
leadership skills. The initiative also provides advice on
associated future careers in the game and behind-the-scenes stadium
Seven volunteers and keen rugby enthusiasts from Balfour
Beatty gave up their time to encourage, motivate and inspire the
young people participating in the tournament. Those taking part
demonstrated great skill, good sportsmanship, strong team work and
commitment. John Dunne, Head of HSEQ, Balfour Beatty Group
I was completely bowled over by the enthusiasm,
teamwork and fair play exhibited by the young children playing the
xl rugby. The sheer delight on their faces after scoring a try,
passing the ball to their team mate or their team winning was a
privilege to see. If we can capture just a tiny amount of that
individual and collective passion and channel it into other aspects
of their lives it would be an astonishing achievement for sport.
For me it was a pleasure to take part and support the children at
the tournament. All in all it was a good day at the office.
The winning team, West London Academy, and the winners of the
Fair Play award, are looking forward to an exciting day at the
Harlequins vs. Leicester Tigers match at Twickenham Stoop on
Saturday 21st April.