Chase Bridge Primary School in Twickenham were crowned winners of the inaugural WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation Haka Competition at this year’s Varsity Match.
Chase Bridge was one of four schools that were shortlisted to perform their Haka on the Twickenham pitch on Varsity matchday after schools created and submitted their very own Haka as part of a competition formed in partnership between WDC and The Varsity Match.
Watch their winning Haka:
The winning school, Chase Bridge Primary School, had the honour of being part of the Guard of Honour for the men’s match and performing their haka in front of over 20,000 people at Twickenham and were also presented with a WDC dolphin adoption for their school.
Their teacher, Robyn Harland said, “We had so much fun learning the haka and about WDC. It was an amazing experience to perform at Twickenham stadium, a truly awesome opportunity. The competition was run brilliantly, and we are so excited to be able to adopt a dolphin.”
Leys Primary School (Dagenham), Ripple Primary School (Barking) and Swanbourne House (Milton Keynes) also made the final shortlist and were invited to Twickenham to perform on the hallowed turf and watch the women’s and men’s Varsity Matches. Schools will also receive educational packs which help pupils learn more about the issues of ocean plastic pollution and the threat of New Zealand dolphin extinction.
This year saw WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation team up with The Varsity Match as an Official Charity Partner to raise awareness of its global campaign to save New Zealand dolphins from extinction and to tackle the urgent issue of ocean plastic pollution.
Stine Bang, WDC Events Manager said, “We are delighted to have partnered with The Varsity Match and to have been able to offer this amazing opportunity to so many school children. The whole team enjoyed a fantastic day at Twickenham and we were delighted to see almost 100 children performing their very own haka in front of such big crowd.
“The match was a great platform to continue to raise awareness of the important work WDC continue to lead for the protection of whales and dolphins and against plastic pollution in our oceans.”
Jeremy Macklin of the Varsity Match Company said: “It was fantastic to welcome so many school children to Twickenham and to see their incredible Haka performances. In partnership with WDC we are proud to support their campaign to raise awareness of the issues of plastic pollution and to save the New Zealand dolphins from extinction. Congratulations to Chase Bridge Primary School and to all the final shortlisted schools.
Cambridge University were crowned this year’s winners of the 30th anniversary of the Women’s Varsity Match whilst Oxford University were victorious in the Men’s Varsity Match.
To find out more about how you can support WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation visit: https://uk.whales.org/