Rugby Intervention Programme Review

Boot Camp comes to a close for 2013.....

Rugby Intervention RFC 28 School XV 17

The Rugby Intervention programme finished on Monday 25th November at 18:30, the match took place at London Irish in Sunbury with a great performance to win 28 -17.

Intervention RFC came from behind in the first half against a combined side of Thomas Knyvett College (Ashford) and Thamesmead School (Shepperton). The boys’ final fixture started off on a bad note after team captain George had to be replaced due to a fractured wrist, as a result, replacement Centre Genese then went on to score all of the team’s tries whilst scrum half Adam secured all four conversions to record the win.

The Rugby intervention programme’s main objective has always been to use rugby as a pathway to improvement and inclusion back into the community; evidently the community coaches and the Spelthorne Youth Intervention Team have achieved this. In the duration of eight weeks, 25 young people attended the programme and 18 players turned out to play the final game.

Parents on the night shared in the boys’ success off the pitch, explaining that in addition to their new rugby skills, they have displayed improvements at home and during school time in discipline, maturity and made new friends through the programme.

London Irish Community rugby coach, Johnny Berwick said: “The result on Monday night was a great end to the programme for the squad. It makes me feel proud to see how every individual improved in their own way. Each of them wanted to get into clubs and continue rugby outside of school which will help further their development.”

London Irish would like to give a special thanks to Adam Justice (Youth Police Community Support Officer 13024) for supporting every session, making strong efforts to encourage as many young people to come to the programme; as well as organising The Lifetrain Trust bus shelter to come and visit the participants every week.

London Irish also thank the Spelthorne High Sheriff for funding the programme and to Hampshire Collegiate School who provided the kit for the players to wear in the final fixture.

Forwards

1. Loosehead Prop – Sam
2. Hooker – George (C) (PL)
3. Tight-Head Prop – Morgan
4. Lock – Liam
5. Lock – Elliot
6. Blindside Flanker – Harvey
7. Openside Flanker – Dan
8. No.8 – Daniel

Backs

9. Scrum half – Adam
10. Fly Half – Scott
11. Wing – Aaron
12. Inside centre – Ciaran
13. Outside centre – James
14. Wing – Tom
15. Full back – Ben

Replacements
16. Genese
17. Liam
18. Stefan

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