Aylsham pupils meet England duo at Twickenham fun day
PUBLISHED: 17:30 31 May 2016 | UPDATED: 17:30 31 May 2016
Pupils from Aylsham High School have been treated to a behind-the-scenes look at Twickenham.
The youngsters visited the home of English rugby as part of a Kids First fun day run by Old Mutual Wealth, the principal partner of England Rugby.
While at HQ the north Norfolk pupils were joined by England stars Jonny May and Sarah Hunter who were lending their support to the coaches and passing on their tips to the next generation of England player.
A mixture of shirt signing, selfie taking and discussions around recent England successes of England kept May and Hunter busy as they were mobbed throughout the day’s event.
Each child also had the opportunity to enter the home changing room and have their photo taken on the same seats that have been used by England stars over the years.
May said: “I still remember the first time I ran out onto the Twickenham pitch and I’m sure that all of the children taking part today will never forget this incredible experience.
“It was great fun to be part of their day and pass on my tips to the next generation of English rugby player.”
The clubs and schools that took part in the activity were from across the UK, with counties including Hampshire, Norfolk, Staffordshire, Suffolk and Surrey being represented.
Kids First is a new approach to rugby for children at under-seven through to under-13s at clubs and schools. It is designed to help children learn the game at their own pace.
Mike Mainwaring, head of sponsorship for Old Mutual Wealth, said: “Seeing the smiles on the faces of the children as they ran around the Twickenham pitch confirms that the Old Mutual Wealth Kids First initiative is already making a difference.
“We hope that the Old Mutual Wealth Kids First initiative will help the next generation of rugby player to prosper both inside and outside of the sport.”
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