Pupils from Tildarg Primary School in Ballyclare came out on top in the recent Dale Farm Building Heroes competition, winning a training session with Ulster Rugby players Charles Piutau, Robbie Diack and Callum Black.
Alice Hughes representing the P5/6 age group, submitted the successful entry detailing why her class deserved the visit. Team work was the key theme of Alice’s entry. She explained that her class deserved the opportunity to win a training session with the Ulster Rugby players, because they “are a motivated group of kids who work together as a team.” Alice wrote about her favourite player, Andrew Trimble, who she claims “makes rugby look easy!” She concluded her entry to Dale Farm saying, “I think you should give us a ‘try’ and a chance to ‘convert’ some new skills into our sports lessons!”
“Being a small school, we know each other well and know our strengths and weaknesses to help each other be the best we can be, just like a team. Having a lesson with a quality rugby team will give us a chance to learn something new and we can use this team attitude in the classroom as well. Like a rugby team we have individual skills that all work together for a common goal,” wrote Alice.
Tildarg Primary’s P5/P6 teacher Mrs Wright was delighted that her class were chosen as the competition winners. She was extremely proud of Alice and her class – and there are avid rugby fans amongst the teaching staff as well as the pupils!
There was great excitement at the school when the Ulster players arrived. Everyone in the school attended a Q&A session to hear the three players face some challenging questions, before kicking off the training session with P5/6 which focused on passing and footwork.
Alice not only won her class the opportunity to meet and train with their sporting Heroes, but also a kit of personalised Dale Farm rugby jerseys for everyone in the winning class. Dale Farm also provided refreshing ice lollies for all 84 pupils in the school.
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