Digita set to support Tag Rugby Festival with chance for youngsters to play at Sandy Park.

PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 February 2010 | UPDATED: 12:51 10 June 2010

AWARD winning Exmouth based software developers, Digita, are sponsoring a Festival of Tag Rugby with around 160 children competing in 16 teams at Exmouth Rugby Club on Wednesday 3rd March.

AWARD winning Exmouth based software developers, Digita, are sponsoring a Festival of Tag Rugby with around 160 children competing in 16 teams at Exmouth Rugby Club on Wednesday 3rd March.

The 16 teams are drawn from family schools that feed Exmouth Community College and each will be hoping for the chance to win through to the final at Sandy Park on Saturday 13th March where the two remaining schools will compete in front of a bumper crowd attending the Chiefs final match in the Championship's main season against Birmingham Solihull.

Digita was founded in Exmouth in 1986 and is now part of the global brand Thomson Reuters and is also a Microsoft Gold Partner, The company develops and supplies specialist financial software for the accountancy and legal professions and employs around 92 staff at its Liverton Business Park headquarters..

Managing director Jerry Rihll, himself a former pupil at Withycombe Raleigh School, said: "As a business we have a national and international focus but we are very much embedded in the Exmouth community. We all agreed that as part of our corporate and social responsibility programme, it would be a wonderful thing to support the young people of the town and the surrounding area in a way that promotes outdoor activity and physical exercise.

"What better way then to team up with Exeter Chiefs, one of the biggest names in rugby, to deliver a wonderful festival of school tag rugby."

Keith Fleming, Community Development Manager at Exeter Chiefs said: "Tag is the non contact form of the game and is played by boys and girls of all ages. The tag festival will be held on March 3rd at Exmouth RFC, starting mid morning and aiming to finish at 4pm.

"Each squad will have 10 players drawn from years five and six (10 and 11 year-olds), seven of which, including at least three girls will play.

"The two remaining teams after the knock out stages will compete in the final at Sandy Park and medals and the winner's trophy will be presented at half time on the pitch in front of the crowd.

"We are very grateful to Digita for providing the resources to stage this Tag Festival which we feel is an important way of engaging young people in sport and the benefits of healthy lifestyles as they grow up."

Two teams each from Withycombe Raleigh, St Peter's and St Joseph's Primary Schools have entered the Digita Tag Festival and they will be joined by teams from Littleham, Bassetts Farm, Beacon, Woodbury, Woodbury Salterton, Brixington, Marpool, Exeter Road, Otterton and Drakes Primary Schools.

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