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London Wasps host ISA Sevens Tournament in London

On Thursday 21st November, London Wasps hosted the Independent Schools Association's (ISA) London North and London West region sevens tournament, as a part of the London Wasps Independent Schools Programme.

Claire's Court in action against Halliford

Claire's Court in action against Halliford

What is the Independent Schools Association?
The Independent Schools Association provides professional support to its 300 member Headteachers. Staff of member schools benefit from high quality training opportunities and access to a wide range of membership services, while pupils enjoy an extensive programme of local and national Sporting, Arts and Cultural events.

Founded in 1879, it is one of the oldest of the independent schools' organisations.

The tournament, organised by ISA National Sports Assistant Fran Hide, saw four member schools bring an Under 13s squad, and two teams from one school in the Under 15s age group. The participating schools were;

  • Claire’s Court Boys School Under 13s - Maidenhead
  • Ditcham Park School Under 13s and 15s- Petersfield
  • Halliford School Under 13s - Shepperton
  • Salesian College Under 13s - Farnborough

Before the tournament kicked off, the teams were given some help during their warm up by members of the London Wasps Academy, who took time out of their training schedule to meet the players and pass on some advice ahead of their games.

The Under 13s teams played in a four team round robin competition, with each team playing three pool games followed by a 1st vs 2nd place play-off, and a 3rd vs 4th place play-off.

In total, 291 points were scored in the day and after the four games, the positions were;

Claire's Court in action against Halliford

Claire's Court in action against Halliford

  1. Halliford School
  2. Salesian College
  3. Claire’s Court Boys School
  4. Ditcham Park School

The Under 13s tournament was refereed by London Wasps Coachclass Development Officer Ryan Hunt and Schools Programme Officer Ben Smiley.

For the Under 15s, London Wasps Community Rugby Coach Ian Isham delivered a 90-minute coaching session for the Ditcham Park School squad, focusing on the main principles of sevens rugby, and the differences from the 15-aside game. After the coaching session, the players played a game that allowed them to demonstrate their newly practiced skills in a game environment.

After the games, the players were joined by London Wasps first team players Jake Cooper-Wooley and Nathan Hughes. Jake and Nathan presented the medals to the players, then signed autographs for the young players.

Following the tournament, ISA National Schools Assistant Fran Hide emailed to say: "Thanks once again for everything yesterday. Weve had some great feedback and I am sure the boys loved it! I look forward to the Nationals (in March)!"

How can I get my school involved in the London Wasps Independent Schools Programme?

For more information about the London Wasps Independent Schools Programme, please click here, email Ben Smiley or contact the London Wasps Community Team on 01494 531122.

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