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England rugby players and coaches help Gosfield School pupils 'play like a pro' at Twickenham




Schoolchildren stepped onto the hallowed turf of the home of English rugby, to receive a special coaching session from some of the top past and present players and coaches.

Twickenham Stadium in London played host to pupils from Gosfield School, along with a select few students from Grays International flagship schools, for the Play Like A Pro event earlier this month.

The lucky group were given expert one-on-one coaching from England Red Roses coaches Simon Middleton and Louis Deacon, former Northampton and England fly-half Paul Grayson, who won the Rugby World Cup in 2003, and current Wasps and Wales international Flo Williams.

Gosfield School pupils at Twickenham with former England international Paul Grayson and PE teacher Charlie Watts. Contributed picture. (51070763)
Gosfield School pupils at Twickenham with former England international Paul Grayson and PE teacher Charlie Watts. Contributed picture. (51070763)

Held in association with Gilbert and Sportable Data, the youngsters also got the chance to make use of new rugby balls equipped with tracking chips, which recorded data about their passing and kicking and displayed it on 3D on the screens around the stadium.

Carl Bailey, head of education for Grays International in the UK, said: “I hope today has been a wonderful occasion for everyone involved.

“The opportunity to have pupils from some of our finest flagship schools on the actual Twickenham pitch is truly a once in a lifetime experience for some of these young boys and girls.

“To put their kits on in the actual changing rooms, walk up the tunnel and run out onto the pitch and emulate the stars of rugby who have also walked out to represent their professional clubs and international countries is hopefully something that will stay with them for a long time.”

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