Warriors and West Mercia Police team up for Tag Rugby initiative

Warriors and West Mercia Police are working in partnership to deliver tag rugby sessions to children in local schools and further develop relationships between the club, police, local schools and the wider community.

The aim of the tag rugby initiative is to work with local schools and create opportunities for positive engagement through sport.

Tag rugby sessions will be conducted in the schools and delivered by experienced Worcester Warriors Community Coaches and supported by officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood Policing Teams.

This week Warriors Community coaches ran a training day for police officers at Abbey Park in Pershore.

“The benefit is enjoyment and participation on both sides and engaging both the coaches and the police officers and getting a presence around the schools,” said Warriors Community Rugby Coach Lizzie Ranstead.

“The benefits of rugby are teamwork and working together to build up respect with your team players, discipline and, of course, enjoyment.”

The tag rugby initiative is fully inclusive and seeks to engage children through sport in a positive environment where barriers to communication are removed.

The sessions seek to inspire children to become involved and active sport through excellent coaching and an insight into what is offered locally through rugby. This will in turn allow for a positive use of spare time and potentially prevent anti-social behaviour or crime in the future.

Safer Neighbourhood Officers will seek to deliver inputs to the children around age-appropriate matters such as online safety, cyber crime, anti-social behaviour and county lines.

This initiative provides West Mercia Police with an opportunity to engage with children and develop the trust with the officers and in policing

The initiative will run for a period of six weeks and then in the 2022/23 academic year from autumn until spring.

The sessions will conclude with tournament events at local rugby clubs with a finale event at Sixways.