A winning team
Since its launch, England Rugby’s CBRE All Schools has generated huge support and excitement. In particular, the programme has attracted several high-profile ambassadors, each committed to helping us create a nationwide celebration of rugby.
“I felt strongly about getting involved with the CBRE All Schools programme as I think it will make a difference to people and communities across the country. Rugby is not just running around chasing a ball, it is about being part of a team and changing your life.” Johnny Wilkinson
A passionate rugby fan who regularly attends England’s games at home and abroad, Prince Harry is patron of CBRE All Schools.
Among our ambassadors are former and current England players Johnny Wilkinson, Jason Leonard and Jason Robinson and a number of England’s World Cup Winning Women’s team.
Johnny Wilkinson famously kicked England’s last-gasp, World Cup-winning goal against Australia in 2003. Having enjoyed a glittering career in England and abroad, he has been vocal from day one in his support for All Schools.
Jason Leonard, RFU President, once held the world record for international rugby caps and won numerous accolades over the years, including Grand Slams, the Rugby World Cup and a British and Irish Lions test series.
“CBRE All Schools is a key legacy programme for the RFU, targeting state secondary schools in areas that have never before played rugby. Having visited a number of the schools involved in CBRE All Schools over the past few years, it’s fantastic to see how they are getting on and the impact the sport is having on the whole of the school. We’re seeing CBRE All Schools helping to make school life happier and healthier by encouraging learning and improving students’ confidence and their self-esteem. It’s also great to have the support of title partner CBRE who has 200 employees trained up to volunteer with the programme, as coaches, referees and to help run events. This sort of engagement from business is invaluable in helping at a grassroots level. With 400 more state secondary schools playing rugby now than three years ago and our aim to expand that to include another 350 more schools by the next world cup in 2019, the RFU is looking forward to a successful legacy for young people in England.” RFU President Jason Leonard
Maggie Alphonsi represented her country 74 times and scored 28 tries to help England Women win seven consecutive Six Nations crowns, before retiring in early 2015. She was a crucial member of the women’s team that won the 2014 World Cup for the first time in 20 years. As well as supporting All Schools, Maggie is an ambassador for CBRE.
“England Rugby’s CBRE All Schools is forward thinking in understanding the need for supporting different people from different backgrounds – something I relate to personally. It is so important we do all we can to encourage people to take part in sport. Rugby changed my life and that is why I’m so passionate in my support for CBRE All Schools to inspire the next generation to take part in rugby.” Maggie Alphonsi
Emily Scarratt plays centre or fullback for Lichfield and England. She first played for England in 2008, scoring 12 tries in 12 games, and also stars for the Women’s Sevens side. A qualified teacher, Emily is uniquely placed to discuss the link between sport and success with our school stakeholders.
Sarah Hunter was part of England’s 2010 and 2014 Rugby World Cup campaigns. She captained the English team for the three-Test tour of New Zealand in 2013, and for the 2014 Women’s Six Nations Championship.