22 May 2023
Caption: Our Lady of the Angels’ School Wavell Heights students.
It’s game on for over 1100 students who are kicking off the annual Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) Primary School Rugby Sevens carnival series.
With the competition expanding again this year, BCE students across five regions are ready to play.
At the official first game day on 10 May, more than 300 Brisbane North students competed across four divisions – Girls & Boys Under 10 and Girls & Boys Under 12.
Students participating in a sporting experience unique to BCE which has been a huge success since it began in 2019, said BCE School Operations and Programs Lead Greg Casey.
“The carnival is growing in popularity. Last year we added the Gold Coast to the tournanent, and this year we are launching a fifth location with our first ever Sunshine Coast carnival,” he said. “Before this, games were traditionally hosted only in Brisbane North, Brisbane South, and Brisbane West regions.”
St William’s Primary School Grovely Principal and Rugby 7s Brisbane North Co-Ordinator Nick Fogarty said BCE had a great relationship with Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) which supports the carnival.
“Every year we see huge growth in our students across the days due to coaching and assistance from the QRU teams and referees,” Mr Fogarty said.
“It’s all about our students getting out there and having some fun with their school friends, with the event promoting being active building team skills and emotional wellbeing.
“The carnival provides opportunities for both our female and male students who love rugby union. The students learn not only resilience but how to collaborate and build capacity in their skills on the field.
“The carnival also provides pathways for female students who haven’t played rugby before. Under 10’s girls play touch, which is a great pathway to the Under 12 girls’ game which is tackle.
“Giving girls the opportunity to participate in rugby is important as they challenge themselves both physically and mentally.”
Mr Casey said the event showcased “community building for our system of schools and our broader BCE community.”
“Every year the students and their families show off their amazing sporting spirit,” he said. “The real benefit is that these days are played to promote fun and friendship which is an integral part of our school lives.
“I’d like to thank QRU for their ongoing support of our schools and these competitions again this year.
“The tremendous support from their State Development Manager, as well as their Regional Rugby Managers, has meant that we can hold these days that focus on maximum participation, plus skill, and team building.”
QRU have qualified referees and First Aid staff on hand to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the students at the carnivals.