On Thursday 7th June our Community Team visited the Hampshire Collegiate School in Romsey, Hampshire to support their Year 10 Scholarship Day.
Over 20 of the area's most promising Year 10 rugby players were invited to the school, where Dave Larham, Ryan Hunt and Ben Smiley put them through their paces. The day had been organised to provide the school rugby staff to assess the players with a view to offer scholarships to the most promising players, who would join the sixth form in September 2014.
Our coaches led the boys in fitness exercises, providing the players with the opportunity to demonstrate their mental toughness whilst performing the Multi Stage Fitness Test, Illinois Agility Run, Standing Long Jump, 40m Sprints, and Press-up and Squat tests. Following a short recovery, the players were split into three groups and rotated around three "core skill" stations consisting of Decision Making, Passing and Tackling. In the afternoon our coaches provided the players with opportunities to demonstrate their game understanding and skills under pressure in three modified games.
Following his return from Hampshire, our Community Rugby Manager Dave Larham told wasps.co.uk, "We were impressed with the standard of players and their appetite to trial for a scholarship opportunity. The boys trained with passion and enthusiasm for the game while displaying the core values of our sport in a testing situation."
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