Rugby players from Thomas Clarkson Academy are inspired by professional coaches to teach the game to Wisbech youngsters

Thomas Clarkson Academy rugby players coach tag rugby sessions.

Thomas Clarkson Academy rugby players coach tag rugby sessions. - Credit: Archant

Rugby players from Thomas Clarkson Academy have had training sessions with some of the best coaches working in professional rugby which has inspired them to teach tag ruby to primary school pupils.

Northampton Saints coaches have been giving training session since October with a group of Year 9 and 10 students.

Not only has it helped them develop their own skills through high-performance training, it has also given them an in-depth knowledge of the game and the ability to lead sessions in tag rugby.

Bruno Porfiri, PE teacher and coach, said: “It was the first time our students have led a group of younger children and it was really successful, not only impressing the Saints coaches but also the primary school staff.

“The way they dealt with the younger children just made the day work so well.

“They were positive and enthusiastic about the game so that passed on to the primary pupils.

“Working with the Saints coaches has given the boys a better understanding of the game – that it’s not just about being stronger or faster than your opponent, it’s about having a tactical understanding of the game and what you can do to overcome the obstacles the other team puts in front of you.

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“I’ve seen a massive difference in how they play now and the tactics they use, like how they set themselves up on the pitch.

“It’s just given them a new perspective. Being able to work with coaches from this level makes a huge difference to the players and the school as a whole.

“It’s aspirational and shows them that they can be part of an elite environment.”

The TCA students worked with pupils from Peckover Primary School to deliver and officiate a tag rugby tournament at Wisbech Rugby Club.

The next stage of the initiative will see the players start going into primary schools to deliver after-school rugby sessions to younger children.

As part of the programme, the players were given a tour of the Saints ground in Northampton.

The team’s captain, Danny Grieve, is already part of the club’s Developing Player Programme.

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