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Nottingham pupils face to face with Tigers

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Pupils from three Nottingham schools came head to head with the Leicester Tigers at a special rugby coaching day.

Year 7 and 8 students from Rushcliffe School, Farnborough Academy and Arnold Hill Academy spent a day with Tigers coaches. Trent Academies Group, which runs the schools, organised the day so its young sports enthusiasts could discover more about rugby and also benefit from a different type of learning experience outside the classroom.
Phil Crompton, chief executive of the Trent Academies Group, said: “It’s great to see nearly 100 boys and girls from across our three schools coming together to hone their rugby skills with top coaches from Leicester Tigers.
“An experience like this not only helps to make them better rugby players but it also increases their confidence and teaches them how important it is in life to set high standards for themselves.”
Pupils were coached in rugby techniques and taught about the principles of the game, culminating in a rugby festival where the three schools played against each other.
Juan Gonzalez Mendia, community manager at Leicester Tigers, said: “On the field we teach them how to resolve different problems scenarios and basic motor skills. In the workshops they learn about the values of the game such as respect, teamwork, discipline and resilience.
“We hope they will come away wanting to join a rugby club and take on rugby for life. But the main idea is for them to learn in a different way. They can apply the problem- solving skills and core values of the game to anything in life.”