HISTORY OF WESTMANSTOWN TAGGER’S
THE FIRST SCHOOL OF TAG RUGBY FOR SPECIAL NEEDS IN IRELAND
Westmanstown Tagger’s, The First School of Tag Rugby in Ireland was founded on Sunday 2nd of September 2012, in Westmanstown Sports Complex, Clonsilla, Dublin 15. Home grounds of the GARDA RFC.
The launch and endorsement of the new Tag Rugby program for people with Special Needs was done by The Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Dr. Leo Varadkar TD. The back bone of this School is formed by players from St. Vincent’s-Navan. Road. Which Jorge (The Coach), working with theme’s since 2009. Our major achievement with these players was wining 8 matches of io on three International Tournaments in Belfast-NI; Swansea-Wales and Bristol-UK.
Due to this sport success with St. Vincent’s, I decided to expand this “sport idea” and right away started to work on this -School-. Thing’s didn’t happen as quickly as I though. Took two years until a Club came forward in 2012. This was the GARDA RFC/Alfie Ancheson-President, that open the door’s to us. We thank enormously the GARDA RFC, our home today and Philip Lawlor – Provincial Development Manager – Leinster Rugby for their support.
Our School is open to all members of the Society with Special Needs that want to learn playing Tag Rugby.
We used the word F.I.R.S.T. that stands for: “Fun” + “Individualism” + “Rules” + “Simplicity” + “Time Management”, method of training. Our players are comprised by Jr’s (U-15) and Sr’s (0-15), we have both sexes’ players, the ages are from seven years old to thirty five years and we also cater for wheel chairs. The Coach Co-ordinator and the Coaching Staff working on MOTOR SKILLS -TEAM WORK and CO-ORDINATION INDIVIDUALLY.
On the 15th of December 2012, Saturday, the eve of Leinster Vs. ASM Clermont Auvergne, The Westmanstown Tagger’s were invited together with another 3 Teams to parade around the AVIVA pitch – Stadium. The 12th of January 2013, The Westmanstown Tagger’s played a Tag Rugby match against “Greystones Seagulls” at half time in the RDS. And on the 5th of May 2013, we were invited by TERENURE RFC, to play an “Exhibition Match” before the final of “European Youth U13 Rugby Festival”. Great honour for our School, Player’s and Coaching Staff, to be recognised for our hard work in such a short time. lAie are all really look forward to participate in any competition, such as “blitz”, “domestic” or the annual International Tag Festival.
Tag Rugby presents a fantastic opportunity for participants to interact with new friends in a team sport environment, helping to build social skills and boost confidence in a warm and safe environment. Our School have the door’s open to any one individual with Special Needs that would like to learn and enjoy Tag Rugby.
WESTMANSTOWN TAGGER’S MOTTO “We may not have all together But together we have all”
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