Prince Harry paid a visit to Twickenham on Saturday for England’s final match in the 2015 RBS 6 Nations against France.
Prior to kick off, Prince Harry took to the pitch to watch students from Reigate School and Quest Academy, part of England Rugby’s All Schools programme, who were participating in the match curtain raiser.
This was All School’s Patron Prince Harry’s second visit to Twickenham this season, following his trip to watch England v New Zealand in the 2014 QBE Internationals.
He chatted to the students pitch side about their time playing touch rugby at Twickenham before leaving to take his seat in the royal box.
Hannah Reid, a student at Quest Academy who met Prince Harry, said: “It’s been so amazing today. We were all really excited to get to come to Twickenham and play on the pitch, but then to meet Prince Harry as well was just awesome.”
Launched in September 2012 in partnership with the Rugby Football Foundation and supported by Principal Partner CBRE, All Schools helps state secondary schools over three years to start and sustain playing rugby union, with kit and equipment, coaching, young leaders training and links to a local rugby club.
Quest Academy, like all the schools in All Schools, has been identified in a small cluster with others, allowing them to play rugby against each other locally.
One of the seven areas identified by England Rugby to deliver the greatest participation legacy for the game in the lead up to the world cup and beyond, All Schools will cost £10 million to implement, with the money to be raised through RFU investment, Sponsorship and Fundraising. The RFU have made an initial commitment of £2million and put a fundraising campaign in action.
All Schools is generously supported by CBRE, Canterbury, Gilbert, OPRO, Comic Relief and ICAP. The programme was one of the main beneficiaries of ICAP’s 2014 Charity Day. The donation received will fund training for young leaders to run rugby festivals for other students.
A keen sportsman and rugby fan, Prince Harry is Vice Patron of the RFU and Patron of the RFU’s Injured Players Foundation.