Rugby legacy programme looks to Olympics 2016 with the support of Charlie Hayter at Wasps RFC
Pupils in years 7 and 8 at Twickenham Academy, Hampton Academy, Feltham Community College and Heston Community School received a visit from Charlie Hayter, England Sevens player in a special event on 1st October organised by England Rugby with the support of property firm CBRE.
The schools took to the playing field, in Twickenham Academy, Hampton Academy and Heston Community School’s first festival to showcase their new rugby skills after beginning their journey as new rugby playing schools, fully embracing the new sport and ethos that rugby union brings.
The event was organised to celebrate the successes of England Rugby’s leading participation legacy programme All Schools.
Stuart Hawkins, PE teacher at Heston Community College said: “Introducing rugby to our pupils has given them the opportunity to develop skills for life. They can learn a great deal from rugby players as role models – they build their game and competitiveness on the pitch, but shake hands and leave any aggression behind when they leave the pitch. We’ve tried running rugby lessons at the school before, but the support All Schools has given to us has really helped us to establish a growing passion for the sport within our students.”
Charlie Hayter, England Sevens player said: “It’s been a fantastic day here at Wasps. It really brings home how much young rugby talent there is about, and the All Schools programme is a great way of fostering this. Rugby’s a game for all shapes and sizes so it’s great to see all children getting involved and embracing the game.”
Yakye Mahamed, year 8 at Heston Community College said: “I started playing rugby with All Schools in year 7 and I love it. It’s really helped build my sporting abilities such as agility and strength, and has also helped with other skills like teamwork. You never know the sort of opponent you’ll be up against, so you really have to work together as a team to defeat them. My favourite aspect is seeing how my game has improved – when I first started playing, I’d never tackled before now and now I’d say that’s a strength.”