17 May 13
Harlequins has confirmed an exciting group of pre-season fixtures as it prepares for the start of the 2013-14 season.
In its second season, the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme represents a significant investment (£2 million) by Aviva into the grass roots level of the game. Resources will go towards supporting over 1,200 teachers in 650 schools across the country whilst also providing all the kit necessary to play tag rugby. Aligned to the national curriculum and PE syllabus and designed to unearth the next generation of rugby stars, the number of children who will have taken part in the scheme by the end of this season is enough to fill Twickenham Stadium.
Collis School is one of just a handful of schools in the country to receive exclusive visit from one of the country's top players and reflects Aviva's commitment in promoting rugby in non-traditional rugby playing schools. One school from Surrey will also go on to take part in a tag rugby demonstration at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham on Saturday 26th May.
Conor O'Shea said: "These kids are already rugby crazy which shows how well the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme is working. Some of these kids only picked up a rugby ball a few weeks ago and I'm already incredibly impressed with the standard. I might lose my place in the team if I'm not careful! It's also hugely important for players to do their bit for the local community and it was great to offer advice and answer their questions."
David Butterfield headteacher at Collis School said: "We're delighted Conor O'Shea has come here to visit the pupils as part of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme. We all need to encourage children to get active and take part in sport, and tag rugby is a great way to do that. It teaches the skills necessary to go on and play rugby union and the programme will also ensure that teachers receive quality coaching and provide enough equipment to leave a rugby legacy in schools for years to come."