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Rugby coach Rob looks to conquer Castle Manor Academy in Haverhill

Castle Manor staff deliver school's RFU accredited scheme. 
Rugby coach Rob Conquest is starting to deliver school's RFU accredited scheme.

Castle Manor staff deliver school's RFU accredited scheme. Rugby coach Rob Conquest is starting to deliver school's RFU accredited scheme.

A new coach has joined a Haverhill school to help deliver a rugby training to students from the town and beyond.

A new coach has joined a Haverhill school to help deliver a rugby training to students from the town and beyond.

Rob Conquest now works at Castle Manor Academy ten hours a week as part of the All Schools Project, a Rugby Football Union (RFU) scheme to encourage participation in rugby.

Rob is now working alongside PE teacher and ex Scottish international rugby star Graham Ellis to deliver to sport.

Nearby primary schools are invited to partake in the scheme and extend its benefits beyond the secondary phase.

Pupils from these schools will visit Castle Manor for the training and in some cases coaches will go out to other schools.

Looking at the coaching that already happens at Castle Manor, Rob said: “There’s lots of students here and I’ve seen a real cross section of the school.

“I’ve seen boys, girls, younger and older students and they all really enjoy the sessions.

“They seem to be seeing the benefits from rugby and having two coaches at the training sessions is a real boost.”

Fellow instructor Graham Ellis is also pleased with the coaching currently being delivered.

“In this session there are nearly 40 students taking part,” he said.

“It was the same yesterday and I expect a similar number tomorrow.

“The benefits go beyond the rugby pitch as we’re also teaching students about the core values of rugby – teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship.

“These values go far beyond the rugby pitch, right into the classroom and the outside world.”

Castle Manor has several rugby teams and after school clubs.

The All Schools Project is funded by a £500,000 investment from Comic Relief money and aims to instil the RFU core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship.

The three-year scheme begins this year with an initial investment of £7,500 towards providing a RFU coach to work alongside the PE team in delivering rugby to students and pupils across the partnership of schools.

There is also an investment of £2,500 for new equipment, which will be used to purchase balls, tackle shields and other training aids.

The rugby team will design its own kit and will have 20 presented to students at the England vs Italy Six Nations match at Twickenham in March 2013.

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (December 6) Echo.

 

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