There was plenty of excitement as England Rugby Community Coaches Chris Spedding and Keith Forward took the RBS 6 Nations Trophy and Triple Crown to visit Forest Hill School in Lewisham and Charter School in Southwark. Pupils and staff had photos taken with the trophies at after school Give it a Try! sessions, which give more rugby development opportunities and promote pupils’ positive behaviour. Non-contact evasion games followed youngsters enjoying meeting the trophies, which may help inspire the young players.

Said Forest Hill School Head of PE Kris Hollidge: “It was a huge honour and a privilege to be selected to have a visit from the trophies. Pupils were excited and this visit was a welcome boost to the already established local rugby clubs. As an inner London school in Lewisham, where rugby is not always commonplace, we are extremely proud that our pupils engage and participate both in curriculum time and at extra-curricular clubs.

“Over the past 20 years pupils have played in a range of fixtures and festivals run by the RFU and Kent RFU. We have made close links with local clubs, who have provided coaching and support to further embed rugby within the culture of the school. Pete Whittred, supported by other PE staff members, has successfully run a Saturday morning rugby clubs which has seen over 60 pupils attending individual sessions spanning eight years.

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Recently, we have been supported by the Give It A Try! initiative which has run after school clubs on Thursday evenings. We look forward to next year and our close links with England Rugby to continue building the profile of rugby within the school and increase participation.”