Brandon Smith Kelly is a year 3 pupil at Aston Clinton School, near Aylesbury. At the recent London Wasps Aviva Premiership match against Leicester Tigers, he got the opportunity to represent his new rugby club, Aylesbury RFC on the Adams Park pitch at half time.
Brandon in action in the Matchday Tag Rugby Challenge
Just 12 months ago Brandon had not played rugby before; but since his school has taken part in the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme, he has fallen in love with the sport. After first trying rugby at school, he joined the London Wasps After School Tag Rugby Club which was held at Aylesbury RFC. Participation in the after school club meant that he gained more and more confidence in the sport and consequently asked to join the club. He now trains and plays regularly on a Sunday morning at Aylesbury RFC and is really enjoying himself. Brandon’s team have already been able to represent their club at the recent London Wasps U7 and U8 BRITA Cup, as well as taking part in the Matchday Tag Rugby Challenge.
We caught up with Brandon at the LV Cup game against Saracens to ask him a few questions about his experiences:
We also had a chance to talk to his mum Katie Smith about Brandon’s Rugby:
Community Rugby Coach Ian Isham told Wasps.co.uk: "Brandon seems to have really fallen in love with rugby; it is great to see the pathway for players being demonstrated. London Wasps introduce children to the sport at school through programmes like the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Program. Once the children have first experienced rugby, we provide the opportunity to further their training and develop the club links, with our after school clubs. We provide clubs with the opportunity to experience festivals and playing on the pitch like a pro, which we find they really enjoy. Brandon really seemed to relish taking part in our community programmes and it was great to see him making new friends at the after school club."
There are many ways that you can get involved with the London Wasps Community Team, and the programmes that are offered. Schools, businesses, clubs, families and individual rugby players are all welcome.