Bradford Grammar School have hosted the White Rose Rugby Emerging School Festival for the first time.

Pupils from seven local schools across Bradford and district competed in the round-robin tournament, with some very positive signs for Dave Duxbury, Rugby Football Union community coach, who organised the event in partnership with Bradford Grammar School.

He said: “It’s great to see so many young people being able to access high-quality coaching through the project, and there is clearly a lot of talent on display.

“What a fantastic opportunity it is for these schools to access the first-class facilities at Bradford Grammar School.”

The tournament was refereed by Bradford Grammar School’s young officials, aged 16 and 17, who are in the process of completing an RFU refereeing qualification under the guidance of BGS sports teacher Matthew Wilde.

Many of the schools taking part in this year’s event, which included Oakbank from Keighley and Brighouse High School, are working closely with their local RFU development officer as part of the All Schools RFU Scheme.

The scheme aims to develop rugby union across state schools in the area.

Brighouse High drew with Bradford Grammar School and went on to win their remaining six games.