Hartlepool schools’ rugby girls are scrum-thing else!

Clavering Primary School girls lifting the trophy.

Clavering Primary School girls lifting the trophy.

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Girls’ rugby has a bright future in Hartlepool if a fun schools competition is anything to go by.

Talented pupils from six town primary schools battled it out on the rugby field in an entertaining and hard-fought Girls’ Tag Rugby Event.

Our girls show a great appetite for competitive sport in all formats and they are already asking whether there will be any other girls-only events this year

Neil McAvoy, Clavering Primary School deputy head

Clavering Primary School were crowned the winners of the contest that also included Barnard Grove, St Bega’s, St Helen’s, St John Vianney and West View primaries which make up the North Hartlepool Family of Schools cluster.

Organisers say the competition was a fantastic advert for girls-only sport and showed a clear desire for girls to compete in competitive rugby.

Clavering girls were crowned tournament winners after winning all five of their matches.

They scored an impressive 27 tries and conceded only four with Clavering captain, Macy, finishing as leading try-scorer with eight.

A delighted Macy said: “Having been part of the winning team at the first-ever girls-only competition last year, it was a huge honour to captain the team this year.

“All of the girls played brilliantly and, although I am also part of the Clavering mixed rugby team, it was great to be part of a girls-only event.”

Fourteen Year 6 girls have represented Clavering in competitive rugby this term and the school has received national recognition for its outstanding work in promoting girls involvement in PE, sport and active lifestyles.

Deputy headteacher Neil McAvoy, who leads on competitive sport at Clavering said: “All of the girls in our girls-only squad have played in mixed tag rugby events this year which have been brilliant, but, undoubtedly, the girls get something extra out of participating in girls-only events.

“Our girls show a great appetite for competitive sport in all formats and they are already asking whether there will be any other girls-only events this year.

“The Clavering PE and Sport Programme focuses very much on ensuring that all potentially vulnerable or under-represented groups of children achieve their potential and we are blessed to have so many talented girls in our school who have enjoyed success in cluster, town-wide and county sports competitions.”