Young Rugby Reporter Winner

Mohammed Haris

Manchester Student Mohammed Haris wins CBRE Young Rugby Reporter Competition

Finalists Day at England v Ireland leaves 4 Finalists speechless

Mohammed Haris from Abraham Moss Community School in Manchester has been announced as the CBRE Young Rugby Reporter of the Year, after interviewing students and some England players at the RBS Six Nations England V Ireland match at Twickenham on Saturday 27th February.

Haris aged 13, who alongside his three fellow finalists Ibrahim Shafiq, Sylwek Milewski and Joe Hunter attended the game as finalists and guest of CBRE All Schools, scooped the coveted title of CBRE Young Rugby Reporter, thanks to his enthusiasm and dynamic approach to interviewing the England squad and CBRE All Schools students who were attending the match to officially unveil their schools brand new bespoke rugby kits by singing the national anthem

Haris who has now won the chance to spend a day with a top journalist as well as a £250 cash prize for his school’s English department said:

“It has been really exciting. There are no words that can describe it. I got to meet players, I got to speak to them, get their autographs, I even got a free goodie bag and a programme. It’s been a dream come true. I am speechless!”

All four finalists began their day with a behind the scenes tour of the stadium and interviewed other young CBRE All Schools students, before enjoying the match from their corporate box. After the exciting game they had the unique opportunity to interview England rugby squad members Dylan Hartley, Jamie George, Jonathan Joseph and injured player Dave Attwood, where they asked questions from how they felt the match went and what their tactics where, to how they work together as a team and what their hopes are for the rest of the RBS 6 Nations.


Ibrahim Shafig, 12 years old also from Abraham Moss Community School, Manchester commented: “I‘m speechless, I have never been in a rugby stadium and I have never watched a rugby match live. My favourite bit was when England won!”


Sylwek Milewski, aged 13, Lyng Hall School, Coventry added: “Today was amazing. I’ve never experienced anything like this before. I enjoyed it a lot, watching the game, celebrating the tries, touring the stadium. We cheered and screamed. It was very special to me. I don’t think it could get any better than this.”


Joe Hunter who is in year 9 from Saint Edmunds Catholic School, Cantebury commented: “It was remarkable, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I can’t explain how much I have enjoyed it. It’s taught me that to be a good team you’ve got to rely on each other. I’m very lucky to have been here.”

The four finalists were selected from over 400 schools across the country, two from each age category between years 7&8 and 9&10 after submitting a short piece on film or print explaining how rugby has had an impact on both their school and them personally.

Maggie Alphonsi, CBRE All Schools Ambassador and supporter of the competition commented; “This year’s entries were outstanding and all shared a passionate view of rugby, and the positive impact CBRE All Schools was having on their school and sporting life”


Winning Young reporter Haris said: “Rugby has affected my school in lots of ways. New people from our school are trying to learn different things, and recently we’ve added rugby for girls. I like rugby because it’s a very challenging game. It needs concentration, strength, power and is for all abilities.”

CBRE All Schools promotes confidence beyond the field

CBRE Young Rugby Reporter competition was created as part of activity around CBRE All Schools.

Ciaran Bird, CBRE UK Managing Director commented: “We are delighted to have had such a great response to our Young Rugby Reporter competition and Maggie selected four talented young reporters who are all clearly extremely passionate about their school and their opportunity to play rugby. Congratulations to Mohammed  who clearly made an impression on all the players asking them honest and interesting questions ”
CBRE are committed to the ever growing CBRE All Schools community, the students, teachers, coaches and clubs that are benefiting from the programme. For us, it goes beyond the field, and gives CBRE the ability to support and nurture the younger generation across the country, helping instill the values and behaviours that come with playing the sport.”

  • Mohammed Haris, Yr 7, Abraham Moss Community School, Manchester


  • Ibrahim Shafiq, Yr 7, Abraham Moss Community School Manchester
  • Sylwek Milewski, Yr 9, Lyng Hall School, Coventry
  • Joe Hunter, Yr 9,  Saint Edmunds Catholic School

See YRR Finalists Day Film


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