Pupils at Wigmore School have been practicing their scrummaging technique

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There's A Right Old Scrummage Going On Over At Wigmore

Pupils at Wigmore School have been busy practicing their scrummaging skills thanks to the purchase of a new scrummaging machine with funding provided by the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust.

Over the last four years, Wigmore School has seen a keen uptake in rugby particularly from both boys and girls in Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9). This is due to the provision of a dedicated school pitch, new rugby shirts, community coaches and the purchase of specialist equipment such as contact pads and tackle bags.

A spokesperson for Wigmore said “In Years 10 and 11 pupils are becoming young adults and the game of rugby becomes more physically demanding. We felt that the knowledge and understanding of the safety aspects of fundamental skills such as tackling, ruck and maul situations, the lineout and the scrum is paramount.”

“The scrum can be a difficult concept to teach during lessons, and we felt that a scrummaging machine would benefit the pupils both in and out of school hours; giving them the confidence to learn safe and effective scrummaging technique during lesson times and also understanding how effective scrums can benefit our extra-curricular teams, making them more competitive in different game based scenarios.”

The Kingspan Insulation Community Trust provided Wigmore School with £1,200 to purchase the scrummaging machine. John Garbutt, Chairman of the Trust said “It has become clear that the provision of specialist equipment and opportunities to play Rugby at Wigmore has had a direct impact on the number of pupils taking part in the sport, and at the Trust we are always delighted to help encourage youngsters to take part in healthy recreation. By providing such encouragement we hope that once the children leave school, they won’t just drop sport, but continue on with it both within the local community and beyond their school career.”

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