By Laurine Pollavini
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“It’s too good! » discovering the rugby equipment donated by the town hall, Mrs. Guignard, director of the Anatole France school in Lille (North) is delighted. With her colleague, who manages the CM1 class who received the kit, she already imagines herself doing many activities related to rugby.
If the school was able to receive the kit, it is because it is part of the device “Rugby Challenge 2023”. In 20 schools in Lilleone or more CE2 classes per school were chosen last year to take part in this three-year challenge.
Schools Rugby World Cup
In 2021, selected CE2 students were able to discover the world of rugby and start an initiation with specialized sports educators. This year, the same students are in CM1 and they continue the challenge. A new challenge awaits them. At the end of the year, they will participate in the Schools Rugby World Cup.
This World Cup will be organized on June 15 and 16, 2023 at the Ormes stadium. Pupils from the 20 participating Lille schools will compete on several aspects: rugby matches, knowledge quiz and even class behavior. All of these aspects will be taken into account to determine the winning school.
The winners will walk away with something even more valuable than a cup. They will have the chance to win tickets to watch Rugby World Cup matches at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in 2023.
In order for authorized students to prepare properly for this great event, the town hall has given them a kit. It contains several rugby balls and bibs. For the headmistress of the school, this kit will benefit the whole school: “It is reserved equipment that we will be able to keep. It’s interesting. »
A USB key to prepare for the tournament
In addition to balls and jumpers, the class received a USB key on which are educational resources allowing students to better prepare for the tournament. Flag game, geometry problems, Hakka videos… With this USB key, they will study rugby from all angles.
During their preparation, students will also discover the culture of a country qualified for the Rugby World Cup. During the tournament each school representing a country. For the Anatole France school, it will be Fiji. The pupils will have to carry out several works around these islands, in particular to create an object representing the culture of the country.
The children seem delighted to participate. When Valentin Martin, deputy mayor in charge of the development of school and extracurricular sport, asks them if they liked playing rugby last year, they answer in chorus “Yes! Now it’s up to them!
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