Bath Rugby stars visit Barley Close Primary

12 May 2014

Barley Close Community Primary School in Mangotsfield last week enjoyed a visit from a trio of Bath Rugby stars as part of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme.

The programme, in its fourth year and supported by all 12 Aviva Premiership clubs, involves a six-week introduction to rugby culminating in a tag rugby festival.

"It was a great privilege for us to come and help out this wonderful school," said fullback Anthony Watson, who was joined by teammates Leroy Houston and Micky Young. "I wish I had had the experience that these guys have had when I was at school. All the guys and girls were really enthusiastic, which is good to see."

Over 140,000 children have taken part in the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme since it started, and Watson hailed Bath's Community coaches for the role they play.

"The community guys deserve all the recognition they should be getting. They do a lot of unseen work behind the scenes which they deserve credit for," he added.

Bath Rugby Community coach Kim Oliver declared the day a real success. "The kids had a really brilliant time," said the former England international. "It's about getting more and more people involved in rugby and aware of rugby. Getting the boys down is massively important. It gives the kids someone to look up to and aspire to."

Scrum-half Young insisted seeing the smiles on the children's faces made the trip worth every second: "It was good fun. When you see the kids enjoying themselves it's pretty awesome. It's enjoyable for us when you see the children so interested, running around, having fun and getting outside rather than what a lot of kids up and down the country do, which is sit indoors not doing a lot."

One school from each Premiership Rugby club region will represent their region on 31 May at Twickenham on Aviva Premiership Rugby Final day, where they will take part in a showpiece event at half time in front of a sell-out Twickenham crowd.

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