Now up ‘n’ under gets a touch from Down Under

Rastrick High School, Whitcliffe Mount School and Brownhills School, who took part in a triangle Aussie Rules tournament.

Rastrick High School, Whitcliffe Mount School and Brownhills School, who took part in a triangle Aussie Rules tournament.

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Pupils from Rastrick High School tried an alternative summer sport with a Down Under feel.

They were one of three schools to take part in a triangular Aussie Rules Football Tournament at Whitcliffe Mount School in Cleckheaton. Those two were joined by Brownhills School from Walsall.

The competition was organised by Huddersfield Rams and Wolverhampton Wolverines, two adult clubs who play in the UK Aussie Rules Leagues.

It was played to provide an opportunity for young sportsmen to experience a new sport and spread the awareness of Aussie Rules.

A host of awards were handed out, including best and fairest, which was won by Rastrick students Allen Carr and Alex Overton.

Louise Benn, communications and development manager at Rastrick High, said: “Allen and Alex were fine exponents of the game’s key athletic elements of catching, kicking and tackling as well as illustrating the vital Aussie Rules’ skills of teamwork, co-operation and decision making.”

The school has made Aussie Rules part of the school’s annual Cultural Diversity Day, at which Huddersfield Rams coaches will introduce students to the Australian lifestyle, geography and national identity.

Aussie Rules UK was set up in April 2005 to introduce children to Australian rules football via an adaptation of the sport for use in schools. From 2007 until 2009, Aussie Rules UK also ran a senior competition.