Local schools compete for the Johnny Walker Trophy
Tuesday 26 Sep 2017
160 children from seven local primary schools took part in the annual Johnny Walker Tag Rugby Festival at Giggleswick School on Friday 22 September. The festival commemorates and celebrates the life of Johnny Walker, who was well-known in the Settle area and Yorkshire sporting community for his prowess in both Rugby League and Rugby Union.
Pupils from Hellifield, Ingleton, Kildwick, Long Preston, Settle, Giggleswick Primary School and Giggleswick Junior School took part in the festival, supported by coaches from the Rugby Football Union, White Rose Rugby and North Ribblesdale Rugby Club, who worked together to ensure a great experience for all.
The fun filled day, began with rugby clinics which focused on basic skills and was followed by an Under 9 and Under 11 team competition, refereed by pupils from Settle College, Giggleswick Senior School and coaches from North Ribblesdale.
Head of Giggleswick Junior School Sport, Fergus Ogilvie, said “It was good to see the great endeavour and improvement among all the children with some strong passing and running. Most importantly, all the games were played in excellent spirit and they all seemed to really enjoy it. Johnny would have loved to see these local schools, coaches and sports organisations all coming together once again for this important community event.”