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Hellingly Rugby Club taster day
Hellingly Rugby Club taster day
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HELLINGLY Rugby Club held a rugby taster day for primary schools in the Hailsham area last Thursday.

Helped by some fine weather, pupils from Grovelands, Whitehouse, Chiddingly, Hellingly, Park Mead, Marshlands and Herstmonceux schools had a hugely enjoyable time learning the sport.

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In fact, one young lad from Chiddingly was so excited he telephoned the Chris Evans BBC Radio 2 programme as part of a feature called ‘what did you do for the first time’?

The lad said he had played rugby for the first time at his local rugby club and when asked how he rated it, he gave it 10 out of 10.

The club event was intended to introduce the children to the game and the fun that can be had in rugby. It was also meant to help the teachers develop rugby within their schools.

There were many different games and activities on the field, which the year three and four pupils enjoyed throughout the day.

They also played tag rugby, a non-contact form of the sport where children wear velcro tags on a belt and a “tackle” is simply made by pulling one of the tags off.

Club organiser Pete Hodd said, “The day was a great success and all the schoolchildren enjoyed themselves. A huge thank you to all the club members who took time off work to help on the day. We have another similar event planned for next month and another one in November.”

Hellingly RFC supplied the transport for the schools to get to and from the club. Any school or teacher wanting further information should contact Pete Hodd on 07973 0281545 or email