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18 October 2012, 2:49pm

Swindon RFC host the next generation of England rugby stars

Bath Rugby joined forces with Aviva at the Swindon Area Schools Festival, very kindly hosted by Swindon RFC, to put local kids through their paces as they continue their education up the rugby ladder.

The tag rugby festival, which forms an important part of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme, brought together over 130 children aged 8/9 and gave them the perfect opportunity to implement their newly-acquired skills in an engaging and fun environment.

Aviva Premiership Rugby's key legacy project, the Aviva Schools Programme, is now in its third season.

The Programme, which comes with a £2m investment from Aviva, is an initiative which introduces more than 39,000 young people each season to rugby union through tag rugby, creating a vibrant and effective rugby legacy in England.

The scheme targets new-to-rugby, non-traditional rugby schools. It provides five weeks of coaching and teacher training, grassroots club links, plus resources for the school to continue to play rugby in the future. In addition, one school from each Aviva Premiership Rugby club region will qualify for the Finals at Twickenham and will play ahead of the teams competing at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final there on Saturday 25th May.

Kim Oliver, Bath Rugby Community Coach said: "All the kids played their hearts out today and I was seriously impressed with their skill levels. It's hard to imagine that most have them have only just started playing rugby! The Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme is perfectly suited to bringing out all the core skills young players need and I'm sure some of these kids will be playing at the highest level sooner rather than later."

Ben Everitt teacher at Shaw Ridge Primary School Swindon said: "The children were absolutely thrilled that Bath Rugby could come down and offer rugby tips and advice. It's not very often that you get to share a pitch with coaches from a professional rugby club and I'm sure this will spur them on even more. The Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme has been wonderfully crafted and also crucially ensures that teachers receive quality coaching to help these youngsters reach their potential."

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