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15 February 2012, 9:39am

ESPN and Premiership Rugby bring coaching masterclass to pupils at Brimsham Green School

Last week ESPN Rugby presenter Pete Richards, Danny Grewcock and Bath Rugby community coaches led a coaching masterclass for over three hundred youngsters new to rugby at Brimsham Green School, Yate.

The 11 to 13 years olds received expert advice and coaching from the coaches with a fun session introducing core rugby skills, as well as the chance to talk rugby with ESPN's Pete Richards and Danny Grewcock, Bath Rugby Academy Director.

Pete Richards, ESPN rugby presenter said: "What a great event laid on by Bath.  Coaching 300 kids in one morning is a great achievement and it's been great to see the enthusiasm of the kids.  I hope it has inspired many of them to follow the sport, hopefully playing, or watching."

James Allen, a PE Teacher at the school added: "This was a fantastic opportunity for the kids to enjoy a new sport.  Most of them have never played rugby before, and it has been brilliant seeing them enjoy learning something new and being able to work with professional athletes. Many thanks to Bath Rugby and ESPN for laying on a wonderful event for our school."

Geoff Binding of Bath Rugby commented: "We are proud to be able to work with ESPN to deliver today's event which included a variety of rugby skills in a school that hasn't played much rugby before.  It was great to see Pete (Richards) and Danny (Grewcock) team up to pass on their knowledge to the kids."

This season, ESPN and the home club of every Aviva Premiership Rugby match broadcast live on the channel will be offering an exciting ESPN Premiership Rugby Masterclass to the local community during the two weeks leading up to  the match.  Either a rugby masterclass will be offered to a local school new to rugby for 11 to 13 year olds, or a coaching masterclass will be offered to local volunteer coaches from grassroots clubs. 

Former England and Leicester Tigers' players and ESPN rugby analyst Austin Healey and Ben Kay, along with ESPN rugby presenters Mark Durden-Smith and Nick Mullins will take part in the masterclass programme, helping to coach, inform and inspire new rugby players as well as established coaches.

In addition to the two types of masterclass, there will also be a special end of season coaching session for the very best players from each of the masterclasses at schools new to rugby on the day of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final on Saturday 26th May 2012.   Run by Premiership Rugby coaches, it will involve a coaching session and a chance to meet some of the ESPN rugby presenters or analysts as well as tickets to the final.

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