Jack Wallace at our Junior Press Club
On Sunday 17th February we were delighted to welcome Year 3 and Year 4 students from the Great Kingshill CE Combined School (near High Wycombe) to enjoy a day of grassroots and professional rugby courtesy of London Wasps and the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme.
In the morning, Community Rugby Coach Ben Smiley delivered a Tag Rugby coaching session for 13 players at the school. The 1-hour activity covered fundamental skills for Tag Rugby and the opportunity to showcase the skills in a game of competitive Tag Rugby. After the coaching session, the children and their families visited Adams Park Stadium to take part in a Junior Press Club with London Wasps player Jack Wallace. In a Press Conference-style environment, the children asked Jack questions about his training routine, his diet routine before a game, what it is like being paid to play the sport he loves and who has the worst cauliflower ears at London Wasps!! At the end of the Junior Press Club, Jack signed autographs and joined the youngsters for photographs.
The group's day continued when they had a photograph on the pitch with London Wasps back-row Jonathan Poff and new loan-signing Lorenzo Romano; before they formed our Tunnel of Honour to welcome the London Wasps and Gloucester Rugby players on to the pitch.
What is the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme?
Aviva Premiership Rugby’s key legacy project, the Aviva Schools Programme, is now in its third season. The Programme, which comes with a £2m investment from Aviva, is an initiative which introduces more than 39,000 young people each season to rugby union through tag rugby, creating a vibrant and effective rugby legacy in England. The scheme targets new-to-rugby, non-traditional rugby schools. It provides five weeks of coaching and teacher training, grassroots club links, plus resources for the school to continue to play rugby in the future.
After the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme showpiece day, our Community Rugby Coach Ben Smiley told wasps.co.uk, "Great Kingshill CE Combined School have been strong supporters of the London Wasps Community Team, and we were pleased to be able to work with them to give some of their students an extra special day out at Adams Park Stadium."
We would like to thank Year 3 teacher Jonathan Meatyard for helping to oragnise the event, and we look forward to delivering further elements of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme at Great Kingshill CE Combined School later this year.
The London Wasps Community Schools Programme has spaces throughout this academic year. If you would like your school to get involved in London Wasps' Schools Coaching Programme, please contact us by filling in the details here.