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Ealing schools’ competition hosted at Vallis Way

Ealing Trailfinders community work was put into action on Wednesday when 37 primary schools from across the London Borough of Ealing descended on Vallis Way for a tag rugby competition.

The tournament was organised by the Willow Tree and Featherstone Sports Partnership which promotes links between state schools and local sports clubs to help provide pupils with access to top-level sports facilities. 

Ealing Trailfinders players Arthur Ellis, Willie Ryan, Lewis Thiede and Rhys Crane were on hand to watch the schools in action and to present the teams with their prizes at the end of the day. 

On Wednesday the tournament was for children in years five and six, aged 10 and 11 and was eventually won by St Vincent’s Catholic Primary in West Acton. They will now go onto to represent the Borough in the London Schools Games which will take place at Crystal Palace next year.  

“Today was a great success,” Stuart Weston from Featherstone said. “The facilities here at Trailfinders are excellent and meeting the players gives the children a taste of how far they can go in rugby. 

“The Trust allows younger children access to top-class sports facilities like these and allows elder children the chance to build up their experience of officiating matches. Everyone seemed to enjoyed themselves and it is days like these that get children into the habit of exercising regularly and enjoying sport.”