On Wednesday, 26th October touraid flew into the Twickenham Stoop accompanied by RC Bluemarine RFC from Moldova and Esher High School.
Once at the home of Harlequins, the 2 teams got the opportunity to be coached on the Twickenham Stoop pitch by Quins Community Development Officer Ben Thurlow prior to the touraid Under 14 Cup.
<1R>The touraid Under 14 Cup kicks off on Thursday 27th September for clubs from underprivileged areas such as Swaziland, India, Cambodia, Zambia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Romania, Rwanda, Kenya and South Africa so this one off training session was a great opportunity for the Moldavians to receive some expert coaching prior to the competition, undoubtedly benefiting from the experience of training at The Stoop with professional coaching and the boys from Esher High School.
The teams also received a behind the scenes tour of the Stoop and enjoyed lunch overlooking the pitch before walking the short distance over to Twickenham to see the home of England rugby.
Ben Thurlow said: 'We were more than pleased to help touraid by providing a coaching session for the teams and I thought all the players displayed huge spirit and commitment to the session. I'm sure they're now ready to go and be successful in the touraid Under 14 Cup!'
'Its great that RC Bluemarine RFC have established long lasting links with Esher High School as this can only benefit the Moldovans educationally, culturally, economically and socially which is the whole point of touraid. Hopefully we've created a fun experience here at the Stoop for the kids and as their tour goes on, I'm sure they will understand the role a team sport, such as rugby, can serve them through life. We wish them all the best for the future.'
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