Inaugural tag rugby event puts spotlight on tomorrow’s leaders

Hall of Fame – Mandatory by-line: Ryan Hiscott/JMP – 24/05/2018 – RUGBY, GYMNASTICS, TENNIS, BASKETBALL, BADMINTON, CRICKET – Ashton Gate Stadium – Bristol, England – Celebration of Sport Week

Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol recently played host to the final day of ‘Celebration of Sport Week’ where a corporate tag tournament took place involving some of the biggest companies in the region.

The tournament, which included the likes of Barclays, EY, Hargreaves Lansdown and Rolls Royce, was eventually won by the Bristol office of professional services firm, KPMG.

However, it was not the businesses that took centre stage at the event.

Young ambassadors from the Bristol Sport Community Foundation’s award-winning ‘Eagle Project’ managed the 15 teams at the event, utilising the lessons learnt from the programme.

The young ambassadors were both current and past members of the Eagle Project, which has already scooped up two PLAY Awards from the Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Awards. The girls aided the respective teams with their knowledge of the game, as well as their new leadership and organisational skills.

The project itself is aimed at getting young girls involved in rugby, which has seen a rise in interest in the city since the project was introduced. It has expanded across the city with schools regularly using it as part of their sports curriculum over a 12-week period.

Eagle Project attendees are provided with the necessary training and help give them confidence to both play the sport and grow as leaders for tomorrow.

Carly Willis – South West Women In Property (WIP) Chair and quantity surveyor at interior design and fit-out company, Claremont, commented: “The event is critical to ensuring every young female in the city has an opportunity to both connect with businesses and demonstrate their flair for sport. It was a hugely successful event and it was humbling to see so many major business brands supporting.”

Earlier in the day, over 1000 school children from the Bristol Sports Foundation’s ‘Forever Sport PE and Sports Coaching Programme’ played a wide range of sports including dodgeball, cricket and football.

A further review of the event will appear on Business Leader in due course.