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Coventry school children set a historic Guinness World Record

Coventry schoolchildren helped to make history at this year’s Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham Stadium.

Pupils from Finham Primary School and the Phoenix Federation helped to set a Guinness World Record title for the ‘longest human representation of a mathematical equation’ at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final.

They joined more than 300 children from across the country to create the gigantic equation in celebration of a great year of learning maths with Aviva’s Tackling Numbers programme.

The youngsters were then invited to put their rugby skills into practice and descended onto the pitch to take part in a number of tag rugby demonstrations before kick-off and at half-time.

The 20 pupils are part of Wasps’ community development programme and have been taking part in Premiership Rugby’s Something to Chew on programme, which encourages healthy living habits through rugby, and the Aviva Tackling Numbers programme, which aims to increase children’s confidence and understanding of numerical skills.

Engage!, an initiative which aims to teach the core values of rugby to provide social and educational benefits as a way of developing healthy, well-rounded, confident young people, has been contracted to deliver Wasps’ community development programme with Premiership Rugby, and helped prepare the young athletes in the run-up to Finals day.

Tom Clift, Engage! programme manager, said:

It was a really good opportunity for the children to be part of Wasps community development programme and they were really excited to be part of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final day.

The activities brought together all their hard work from Premiership Rugby’s Something to Chew on and Aviva’s Tackling Numbers programmes.

To be able to set a Guinness World Record title was the icing on the cake and the children couldn’t wait to hold up their symbol while forming a gigantic equation line in the centre of the pitch.

It was an action-packed day and the activities allowed the young athletes to put all that they had learnt into practice.

Not only were they able to take part in tag rugby demonstrations in front of a huge and excited crowd of over 80,000 people, they also got to see some of their rugby heroes in action.

It was a thrilling final and the school children were clearly inspired by the talent and sportsmanship of the professional players.

In addition to learning the skills of rugby, Engage! aims to develop character education in young people through the sports core values which include excitement, discipline, integrity, teamwork and respect.