Schools Tackling Contact

Students preparing for GCSE PE practical exams

Reported by: Ayan, Ais, Sean, Jhubel, Harrison and Adam

The Rugby Football Union has renewed their attempts to convince schools around the United Kingdom and Ireland to stop playing contact rugby because of an overload of injuries that impact on the future of children’s lives. Schools, like GAA, now have to change their way of teaching rugby.

Mrs Pilling a teacher at Great Academy Ashton has said,

‘My opinion is that contact rugby should be banned as it is dangerous, however my twelve year old son doesn’t seem to worry. Even if they use gum shields and guards they can still be injured.’

She added, ‘Without contact rugby students can’t progress in the sport because it will lead to tag rugby which is for children around seven years old.’

Mr Simpson, Head of PE ,at Great Academy Ashton added,

‘It is ridiculous; contact is an integral component of rugby. If they banned contact in rugby it is like banning heading in football and the whole hockey sport. There is a place for no contact in year seven and primary schools. However when you are in year eight it is a vital part of progression in the sport. Instead of banning contact, they should hire qualified teachers who have had proper training and keep the lesson at its safest potential.’

So far approximately 400 schools have agreed to ban contact rugby. However there are still 350 schools remaining to agree.

“It is ridiculous; contact is an integral component of rugby” N Simpson, GAA

The main reason so many schools have agreed is because two thirds of injuries in youth rugby and most concussions are down to tackles.

According to rugby fans, rugby can build physique and character. This makes other forms of sport less challenging. Chief medical officers and children’s commissioners say the risks are very high for children less than eighteen years of age.