Teddington – London. September 10, 2015: The big kick-off moved a stage closer today as the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour came to Twickenham and Teddington. Rugby World Cup 2015 Team Base The Lensbury and St Mary’s University, Twickenham, both played host to the Webb Ellis Cup and put on events to celebrate different aspects of Rugby. The Trophy Tour has seen the Trophy touring Great Britain and Ireland for the past 100 days.
At St Mary’s the Trophy was the highlight of a series of community events. Local primary school pupils took part in sports coaching sessions with students from the BA Physical and Sport Education programme. Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, the National Governing Body have provided further support for the event and involved Canterbury Wheelchair Rugby Club, the Panathlon Challenge and Richmond’s first youth wheelchair Rugby club.
This also included a wheelchair Rugby demonstration match by the Canterbury Club and plenty of photo opportunities with the Trophy.
Director of Sport St Mary’s Andrew Reid-Smith said, “The arrival of the Webb Ellis Cup at St Mary’s provided the ideal opportunity to showcase Rugby and with the coaching of children and wheelchair Rugby taking place, we hope people are inspired about the sport and excited about the forthcoming Tournament.”
David Pond, Chief Executive Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby comments, “We’ve been delighted to support this event today, 2015 is an exciting year for GBWR as we’ll be hosting our first youth tournament as part of the Wheelchair Rugby Community Festival on Sunday 11 October, heralding the start of the World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge at the Copper Box Arena.”
The Webb Ellis Cup was then reloaded onto its now famous Land Rover and made the short journey to The Lensbury. The Lensbury chose to showcase support for Grassroots Rugby by organising a coaching session by former England great Phil Greening, putting some 35 local schoolchildren through their paces. “That was a great run out,” said Greening afterwards. “There were some good little players out there today, some had obviously played the Game before, while it was new to others. The whole point of today was to show them the skills and the basics of how to use them. Like all sports it’s best to begin young and let those skills develop.”
The Lensbury General Manager Ivor Turner added. “As a Team Base we will be looking after Elite players and athletes during the Tournament but it’s always important that a sport attracts its next generation of players and Rugby World Cup 2015 will certainly do just that. At The Lensbury we are delighted to play our part. We’d like to thank Phil for all of his hard work in making this happen, and hope that such expert tuition goes a long way to helping some of these young sports people take-up the sport.”
Rugby World Cup 2015 gets underway at Twickenham on Friday, September 18, when England take on Fiji at Twickenham. The Lensbury and St Mary’s will be a Team Base right the way through to the Final.
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