WRU launches tag rugby on the beach

Broad Haven South beach: Will host a tag rugby taster sessions in June

A FAMILY day out at the beach just got better than ever with the WRU announcing its first ever beach rugby taster in Pembrokeshire where everyone is invited to play.

The WRU and National Trust will host back-to-back family fun days at the award-winning Broad Haven South beach on Friday, June 9, and Saturday, June 10.

The partnership aims to grow participation in our national game by making rugby fun and accessible while inspiring families to let the outdoors move them and enjoy Wales’ fantastic  coast and countryside.

The events will be free of charge, with tag rugby sessions for boys and girls of all ages and abilities as well as den building, campfire cooking, wildlife watching and wild art run by the National Trust Stackpole team.

More than 150 children representing primary schools in the area are already signed up for the Friday, with even more families expected on the Saturday when activities run between 11am and 3pm. No booking is required just drop by and have fun on the day.

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Ryan Jones, WRU’s Head of Participation, is excited about working with National Trust to extend rugby beyond the traditional club environment during the summer months so that new and existing players of all abilities can give it a go while enjoying time with their families.

“Wales is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and we’re excited to be working in partnership with the National Trust to take rugby to the stunning setting of Broad Haven South where players, old and new, can just turn up and give it a go,” he said.

“We’ve got more than 150 boys and girls from primary schools kicking off events on the Friday and we’re working closely with National Trust to pull out all the stops make this and the family fun day on Saturday 10 June a great occasion whatever your age and interests. You can play rugby, cheer from a deck chair, build a den and get creative with the National Trust team, and in doing one or all of these things, you’re guaranteed  a great day out.”

The family-friendly beach rugby event will be the first of its kind endorsed by the WRU as Welsh Rugby continues to develop links with other Welsh organisations to grow the game as part of its vision to engage more people, more often with more enjoyment and more success.

Speaking about the new partnership, Rhian Sula, National Trust Stackpole’s Visitor Experience Manager, said: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with the Welsh Rugby Union for the beach rugby festival at Broad Haven South this June.

“The event is a fantastic fit with the National Trust’s ‘let the outdoors move you’ programme in partnership with Sport Wales which aims to get people active more often by utilising the special outdoor spaces that we care for. We already host beach circuits, fun runs and an annual trailathlon at Stackpole, so we’re looking forward to now introducing visitors to beach rugby with the WRU.”