Premiership Rugby players Andy Saull, Ben Spencer and Scott Spurling were at Allianz Park on Sunday to take a specialist training session after Upminster U9’s were announced as a winner of the QBE Rugby Pro competition.
Members of the Upminster U9’s team trained with the Saracens players and community coaches courtesy of QBE, the business insurance specialist. They are one of twelve grassroots rugby clubs across the country to be awarded a training session with three Premiership Rugby players. In addition, the club received £1,000 worth of training equipment.
The prizes were awarded to clubs who best demonstrated the benefits of receiving expert guidance from top Premiership Rugby coaches and players. The judges were particularly impressed by Upminster U9’s enthusiasm and passion for the game displayed by coaches and players alike.
The training session provided Upminster U9’s with the rare opportunity to learn from professionals and pick up specialist advice on core rugby skills and game play in addtion to a stadium tour before the session started.
Ben Spencer, Saracens Scrum Half, said: “I think that QBE Rugby Pro is a fantastic initiative and it is great to be able to give something back to the grassroots game. It has been fun working with Uminster and I hope that the access to professional players and coaches during the specialist training today will inspire them further.”
QBE Rugby Pro is part of QBE’s Coaching Programme, which aims to improve the quality of rugby coaching in England at a grassroots level. For more information on the winning clubs and further details on QBE Rugby Pro visit www.QBErugby.com.