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Sunday, 24 March 2019
YOUNGSTERS from Henley Rugby Club were treated to a surprise visit from Red Roses stars Abby Dow, Leanne Riley and former Hawks player Rachael Burford on Wednesday of last week.
The Red Roses dropped into Dry Leas to recognise the club as Quilter Kids First Champions for the impressive Kids First approach that the club is taking in creating a good rugby environment for the young players.
The Red Roses were supported by ex-England players Ugo Monye and Danielle Waterman. Similarly, to Burford, Waterman was also returning to her former club having previously played for the Henley Hawks.
Spirits were high as the Red Roses joined in with the training session. The England stars passed on tips whilst showcasing their skills to the junior players in attendance.
Participation levels at the U7s to U13s age groups are a big focus for the club who are engaging with the local community and schools to continuously grow the impressive number of young players who were in attendance.
Henley Rugby Club is the sixth of eight champions this season to be selected for the prestigious grassroots award.
Following on from last season’s excitement around the programme, Quilter once again travelled across the country, recognising both schools and clubs who have gone above and beyond to put kids first.
Winners will be rewarded for thriving in at least one of the following areas from creating a great rugby environment, upskilling coaches, increased participation and growing the female game.
Former world cup winner, Waterman said: “It’s fantastic to be back at a club I have such fond memories of. You can see from looking around the training session that the club has done everything it can to create a positive learning environment for its young players. By providing a good environment, it allows the kids to focus primarily on enjoying the game whilst also developing their skills.”
On the club being named as a Quilter Kids First Champion, Dax Aiken, Kids First and Junior Chairman at Henley Rugby Club said: “The Quilter Kids First Rugby programme has enabled our players, coaches and volunteers to enjoy everything about rugby on and off the pitch.
“We have seen some great fun and imaginative sessions taking place within age groups which are really developing players and coaches alike. Equally we are seeing happy and engaged parents and an influx of new players across all age groups who are keen to be involved in the clubs Kids First approach.
“It’s fantastic for our club to be recognised as a Quilter Kids First Champion and its testament to the hard work everyone involved with the club puts in.”
In addition to the training session with England’s Red Roses rugby stars, a select group of U7 to U13 players from Henley will also have the honour of playing at Twickenham Stadium at the end of the season. The kids from winning clubs and schools will be treated as England Rugby players for the day as they enter through the famous Rose and Poppy Gates.
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