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Petroc students teach tag rugby in Romania

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: May 15, 2014

AMBASSADORS: Petroc students with fellow young leaders in Romania.

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Andrew Jones

A GROUP of students from Petroc have been teaching tag rugby in Romania.

Eighteen teenagers studying for sport diplomas at the North Devon college spent two weeks working in schools in the east European country.

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Tim Newton and Ben Lugsden, from Petroc, arranged the trip with the Tag Rugby Trust.

"We run the North Devon Tag Rugby Festival for 600 kids from primary schools and my students spend the first year preparing for that," said Tim.

"I was looking for something to do to keep improving their skills and challenge them.

"I wanted to improve their sports skills, refereeing skills and coaching skills. It was also important to find a trip that would develop them as people.

"They enjoyed it and all grew as people. They came back motivated to go out again and help the Tag Rugby Trust as much as possible."

The group spent the first week in Horezu coaching at a school with 2,400 students aged up to 18. In the second week, they worked with Club Lykaios in Râmnicu Vâlcea. At the end of the trip, teams from both locations were brought together to play in a tournament.

Pete Drewett, the former England under-21 manager and ex-director of rugby at Exeter Chiefs and Plymouth Albion, joined the group for the first week. He has been described as a pioneer of tag rugby.

"He was great," said Tim. "His experience, knowledge and character were perfect."

The Petroc students who went to Romania were: Tom Short, Tim Latcham, Beth Ellis, Kieran Morgan, Tyler Newnham, Ben Ward, Charlie Bishop, Jack Bale, Prince Sexon, Josh Simpson, Gareth Sloman, Jemma Sloman, Aysha George, Sapphire Goddard, Chris Kalisz, Sam Shuttleworth, Beth Byron, Chad Luxton.

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