Grassroots programme launches to help unearth next rugby stars - The Rugby Observer
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17th Aug, 2022

Grassroots programme launches to help unearth next rugby stars

RUGBY: A GRASSROOTS rugby programme is launching in the borough to help try and unearth the next national stars.

More than 2,500 nine to 11-year-olds across 40 primary schools in the Rugby area are taking part in a three week coaching programme that will see them combine visits to the interactive World Rugby Hall of Fame with practical tag rugby games.

Rugby Borough Council has commissioned coaches at Engage to deliver the World Hall of Fame Schools Coaching Programme, which is running until July.

Designed to use the core values of the game, Engage promotes teamwork, respect, integrity, enjoyment, and discipline.

Tom Clift, programme manager at Engage, said: “Rugby is the birthplace of the sport, so we want to ensure that pupils from every school in the area have visited the World Rugby Hall of Fame to learn more about the game.

“The aim is that from looking around the Hall of Fame at the game’s origins, influential players and by getting out on to the rugby field themselves, it’ll spark an interest in the sport that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”

The World Rugby Hall of Fame is a collaboration between rugby union’s governing body, World Rugby, and Rugby Borough Council, which opened in the heart of Rugby town centre in November last year.

It honours players and administrators who have developed the game through exceptional achievements, and features video archives of rugby matches and memorabilia.

Coun Heather Timms said: “The World Rugby Hall of Fame is a fantastic place to start youngsters’ love affair with the sport.

“It has attracted visitors from all over the country and abroad since its opening.

“We want to ensure that moving forward, our town’s next generation are aspiring to have their own name in lights one day.”

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