Premiership Rugby players Mouritz Botha & James Short were at Allianz Park last Friday (9th March) to take a specialist training session after King Edward VI School, Chelmsford was announced as a winner of the QBE Rugby Pro competition.
Members of the King Edward VI School Under 18 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 King Edward VI Grammar School’s enthusiasm and passion for the game displayed by teachers and pupils alike. The judges recognised the effort of the senior pupils utilising their free time to coach the younger age groups to help develop standards of rugby throughout the whole school.
The training session provided King Edward VI School with the rare opportunity to learn from professionals and pick up specialist advice on core rugby skills and game play.
John Davies, rugby teacher at King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford, said: “We are so proud to win this fantastic prize. The school have got a real appetite for the sport and this is a great reward for the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes. It will undoubtedly benefit our players and coaches to train with professionals from Saracens.”
Mouritz Botha, Saracens second-row forward,
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 King Edward VI School 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.