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Our Duty of Care

MSSP have a duty to take all measures that are reasonable in the circumstances to ensure the health, safety, wellbeing and welfare of all participants and any other attendees involved in the relevant event. MSSP have tried to ensure that all reasonable steps have been taken in its duty of care being discharged, and to the requisite standard of care, MSSP have ensured the following guidance and actions have been adhered to and carried out:

  • That the advice of the UK Government and public health authorities has been followed
  • That the bespoke guidance and protocols issued by the relevant NGB, federation and/or umbrella organisation (if applicable) have been followed
  • That a full and proper COVID-19 specific risk assessment has been carried out.

Please ensure you read our COVID-19 specific risk assessment before entering this event. This can be found here.

MSSP are putting additional measures in place regarding COVID-19 however it is impossible to fully remove all risk. By entering this event you have carefully considered your options and made sure you are completely comfortable with the risks associated with COVID-19 and undertaken your own organisations risk assessment for participating in this event. It is in the interests of all event competitors to fully understand the measures that have been put in place to make everyone who takes part as safe as possible and it is entirely your decision to take part. Please ensure you are fully conversant with the rules of the event and pay particular attention to the following;

  • All participants and attendees (including players, officials, organisers and volunteers) are aware of COVID-19 symptoms and the need to self-assess before attending every sporting activity.
  • Any participant or other attendee reporting symptoms does not attend and is directed to follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation.
  • Participants or any other attendee are aware of any increased risk associated with taking part in sporting activity, based on the national governing body’s guidance and risk assessment, and have appropriate consent to take part in the activity.
  • Participants or any other attendee are strongly advised to comply with public health restrictions and avoid high-risk behaviour outside the sports setting to reduce the risk to their fellow participants when they do attend.
  • Participants and any other attendee continue to adhere to legal gathering limits before and after sporting activities, act responsibly and limit transmission risk wherever possible.
  • Participants are aware that they are choosing to take part in the modified version of the game, including any relevant COVID-19 measures, and should comply with these measures as a condition of participation.
  • Spectators will not be permitted entry to facilities and should be informed of this when letters are sent to parents.


Team Requirements & Eligibility

  • Schools must have qualified in the top 4 of their Cluster event to enter this Borough final
    • Age: Year 5 & 6.
    • Mixed gender event. 
    • Games will be 7 a-side. There must be at least 3 girls on the pitch at any time.
    • Squad size: maximum of 10, minimum of 7.

Competition Format

  • Points awarded are: 3 for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss.
  • Group placing determined by: points accrued, try difference, tries scored, head to head result (if 2 teams), sudden death penalty shootout.
  • For supporting rugby in your school please visit https://www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/education/schools/primary/ 

Draw Format

  • Round robin groups. All teams will progress to a second stage of knockout competition according to their placement in the first round.


  • Seedings will be allocated from the cluster round results. Each group of 4 teams will have 1 team from each cluster of a different seeding.
  • All teams will proceed to a quarter-final, a semi-final and a final to determine the Final Standings. Final pool standings will be determined from results. Winners of the pools will take top seed of their pool, 2nd take 2nd seed of their pool, etc.


  • Medals: GOLD and Trophy: winners. SILVER: runners-up. BRONZE: 3rd place.
  • Certificates will be presented to all participants.

Kit & Equipment

  • Please provide own warm up balls. Match balls are provided.
  • Trainers/astro and moulded boots are allowed. No metal blades or studded boots will be permitted.
  • Schools should supply all players with a ‘tag belt’ that has two ribbons (tags) attached to Velcro. The belt must be worn around the waist with all loose clothing tucked in. The tags are positioned either side of the hips.
  • Players of the same team should wear the same colour tops/bibs. No jewellery, baseball caps etc. It is advised that if eyewear is essential, it should be made from plastic rather than glass.


  • Ball carriers can run or dodge potential taggers but cannot fend off, guard or shield their tags.
  • Players are permitted to spin away from a defender, but are NOT permitted to continuously spin. Diving to avoid being tagged is not permitted.
  • The game will commence with a Play-the-Ball, centre field.
  • The team in possession has the ball for a total of six tags.
  • If a try has not been scored after 6 tags, possession turns over to the defending team at the point of the last tag.
  • Any acts of unsporting behaviour will result in a handover to the non-offending team at the place where the incident occurred and play restarted with a Play-the-Ball.
  • Play-the-Ball:
  • The ball carrier must return to the spot where the tag occurred.
  • Facing the way they are playing, the player places the ball on the ground and rolls the ball back with their foot to a team mate.
  • The team mate who gathers the ball from this position (called the Dummy half) must pass the ball from the Play-the-Ball and should not run forwards. They are able to take steps laterally to assist with passing. You cannot score from a Dummy Half. N.B Any player can be the Dummy Half and the player at Dummy Half could change at every Play-the-Ball.
  • Defence must maintain a distance of 5 metres until the Dummy Half passes the ball and must retreat 5 metres after each tag. The Dummy Half should not deliberately delay the pass and repeatedly delaying the pass intentionally may be penalised for unsportsmanlike conduct. A pass must be played within 3 seconds of the ball being made available to the dummy half.
  • If a defender does not retreat 5 metres, they will be deemed to be offside. If a tag is made from an offside position, the attacker should play the ball as normal, but the tag will not add to the tag count. Repeated or deliberate offside offences will be penalised as unsporting behaviour & the tag count reset to zero.
  • Tagging:
  • Only the player in possession of the ball can be tagged.
  • A tag is simply the removal by a defender of one of two of the ribbons from the ball carrier.
  • When a defender has removed the tag, he/she stands still at the point at which the tag was removed.
  • The attacker returns to where the defender is holding the tag and restarts the game by 'playing the ball' backwards in the correct manner. Immediately following the 'Play-the-Ball', the defender must present the tag back to the tagged player. Neither the defender nor the tagged player can take any further part in the game without both tags properly in place on their belts.
  • Scoring a Try:
  • A try is scored in the normal way by placing or touching the ball down on or over your opponents' try line.
  • If tagged in the act of scoring the try will stand.
  • After a try has been scored the non scoring team will restart with a Play-the-Ball, centre field on the half way line. All other starts and restarts will also be with a Play-the-Ball whatever the situation.


  • Results and event report will be available on the news webpage within 24 hours of the event ending.

Photo Consent

Photographs will be taken at this event by staff members from MSSP and may be used for promotional material. If you have any children that do not have permission to be photographed, please inform a member of staff before the start of the event.

Social Media

For information and updates from our events please follow and use the platforms below.

Email: info@mertonssp.org.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MertonSSP


Twitter: https://twitter.com/mertonssp

First Aid

MSSP will have a basic first aid kit and qualified person at all events but staff may not be available to tend to less urgent first aid if they are preoccupied delivering the event. It is important that schools also provide their own first aid kit and qualified person to tend to their children at our events. As part of the school’s risk assessment a qualified first aider should also be with the travelling group to and from any events.

Safeguarding and DBS

All MSSP staff at the event are fully vetted and enhanced DBS checked. It is the schools’ responsibility to ensure any staff and volunteers who attend the event comply with the host venue safeguarding and welfare policy and can provide documentation to support this on request.

Spectators will not be permitted entry to school facilities and should be informed of this when letters are sent to parents. In order to safeguard children at our events, we will only allow entry to parents if they have been DBS checked and authorised to attend by your school who will maintain responsibility for them at all times. At public sites such as parks we will section off an area for the public where parents that are not with the school party may spectate from.


MSSP values the contributions by all those involved in making our events a safe, enjoyable environment for children to take part in sport. To ensure our events continue to be successful we promote our REFSPECT campaign. We expect everyone attending our events to maintain respect for the rules, officials, opponents, teammates and themselves. Only designated staff and volunteers will be allowed on the side-lines. All spectators are to remain behind the barriers, providing positive support and encouraging a fun and fair event.

For more information about REFSPECT please click here