Sunday, 24 September 2017

Rugby starlets aim to show they’re not scary at all

PLAYERS from The Henley College’s London Wasps academy side are taking part in a series of activities to help the

PLAYERS from The Henley College’s London Wasps academy side are taking part in a series of activities to help the community.

Twenty boys helped out at Sunday’s Henley half marathon, handing out medals and goody bags to runners as they finished.

In the coming months they will sweep the streets, run fitness classes and help out at the Christmas Festival and late night shopping event on Friday, December 6.

Each player will contribute an hour a week in the scheme devised by their coach Martin Unsworth and Henley Town Council.

Mr Unsworth came up with the plan because he wanted to help counter the negative image of rugby players and approached Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak.

The Mayor said: “I thought it was a brilliant idea. It was put to the young men and to a man they all said ‘yes’. What we want is for Henley Standard readers to contact us with any other community activities they want to see done.”

Academy player Jacob Caple said: “We want to give back to the community. We will be helping out at the late-night shopping event and the Santa fun run. Some of us will even participate in the run.”

Fellow player Will Morrison said: “It’s such a great opportunity we have with London Wasps so we ought to give something back.”

The initiative is supported by Harry Corrigan, a Henley businessman whose son Conor is a member of the academy.

Mr Corrigan, of Rupert’s Lane said: “When Conor joined the academy I got involved with it. Now I’m sort of the team’s unofficial photographer.

“A couple of the lads would frighten anyone on a dark night and we want to try to reverse that so when people see them they see friend not foe.

“Rugby is an aggressive game but they are all good people without exception.”

To suggest activities for the team to do, send an email the Mayor’s secretary Jacqui Brazil at j.brazil@henleytowncouncil.gov.uk

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