Brad Shields joins Wasps players at Old Leamingtonians Coachclass
Date: 30 Aug 2018
England international and new Wasps signing Brad Shields was on hand to give a coaching masterclass to aspiring rugby players in Leamington.
The flanker, who made his international debut this summer, joined a training session at Old Leamingtonians RFC ahead of the start of the Gallagher Premiership season.
Around 100 youngsters took part in the Wasps Coachclass session and were put through their paces by Shields and fellow new signings Michael Le Bourgeois and Joe Atkinson.
The Wasps Coachclass is designed for players of all abilities between the ages of six and 14 and offers young rugby players a chance to enjoy learning core skills and develop their game understanding.
Shields is in contention to make his Ricoh Arena debut against Exeter Chiefs on Saturday, September 8 (2pm kick-off) or against Leicester Tigers on Sunday, September 16 (3pm kick-off).
The Old Leamingtonians RFC session marked the 27-year-old’s first public appearance since the Gallagher Premiership side secured his services.
Shields said: “I love being out in the community with the youngsters and hope to do a lot of this while I’m here at Wasps.
“I was one of those young kids a few years ago and it puts a massive smile on their face when they can see and play with some of their idols.
“Fans are a big part of the game and if we can keep a community feel like this, bring more fans through, it goes a long way to securing the future of the game.
“I’m living in Leamington Spa now and I think the style of play at Wasps is perfect for me, so we’re getting the best of both worlds here and I’m looking forward to my journey with Wasps over the next few seasons.”
Lucas Wager, mini and junior chairman at Old Leamingtonians, said: “This is the second Wasps Coachclass we have held here and we always find them to be very successful.
“We’re very fortunate to have a large mini and junior section here at the club, for them to meet players like Brad is inspiring and gives them great role models to look up to.”
Ian Isham, community manager at Wasps, added: “It was great to have Brad, Michael and Joe at the session and all the youngsters were excited to have a chance to train with three top senior players.
“The aim of our Wasp Coachclass sessions are to inspire youngsters to push on in the sport and enjoy their rugby – having the players along to the session really helped that.
“We always get a large group down at Old Leamingtonians and this was no different and I hope that all the children enjoyed getting the chance to meet with some of our Wasps stars.”
Tickets for Wasps versus Exeter Chiefs and Wasps versus Leicester Tigers at Ricoh Arena are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting www.wasps.co.uk/tickets.