Thanet Primary Schools Rugby Festival

Thanet Primary Schools’ 22nd annual touch rugby tournament took place at Upton Junior School, with nearly 300 boys and girls from 20 schools across the island entering the event.

The children played 15 minute matches throughout the morning, displaying the skills they had learnt playing in mini-tournaments in the previous months.

All the players and their school mascots received medals of participation and each school received a rugby trophy.

Also awarded at the end of the day were the Banner Trophy and the Fair Play award. Half way through the morning teaching staff had an opportunity to show off their rugby prowess with an exhibition match.

The hundreds of spectators witnessed some excellent displays of rugby as well as great sportsmanship at this highly enjoyable sporting event.

This year the Banner trophy, voted for by members of Thanet Rotary Club, was awarded to St Nicholas-at-Wade primary school for their depiction of South Africa.

The staff voted for the school that would be awarded the Fair Play award during all the tournaments played this season and this year’s winner was St Saviour’s Junior School, who will now progress to the county finals.

Gary Rees, Chairman of Thanet Passport, thanked Thanet Rotary Club and MPG Properties for their continued support and sponsorship of the trophies and medals, Margate Ambulance for providing first aid cover, as well as Upton School for the venue and the school’s PTFA for the refreshments.