Championship rugby stars Guy Thompson and Fred Silcock are generously giving their time to run a series of rugby training sessions at Mont a I’Abbe School, (a school for pupils with a wide range of special needs). Inspired by the success of the Olympics at London 2012, the JRFC players are keen to encourage a new generation of children to get involved in sport and this promises to be an innovative and exciting series of events for all the children who are taking part.
The activity has been organised and funded by the players sponsor Santander in Jersey, who are co-ordinating all the arrangements as well as donating rugby balls and kit to the school. They have worked with Thompson, Silcock and Andy Jordi, Head of PE at the school, to develop a series of fun rugby sessions with the aim of developing the children’s coordination and ball handling skills, in addition to learning other valuable skills, such as team work.
Three training session have been agreed on 14, 21 and 28 January, with a further three sessions taking place in the spring, followed by a family BBQ and tournament. The emphasis will be firmly on fun and enjoyment, but it is hoped that some real sporting and life skills can be demonstrated too.
Commenting on the activities Andy Jordi said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn first-hand from two top professional sportsmen about team work and rugby skills. With the memory of London 2012 still strong in many of our minds, this will be an inspirational project which would not have been possible without the generosity and support of Santander in Jersey.”
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