On Sunday 23rd February Bath Rugby, Premiership Rugby sponsors Aviva, and Frome RFC hosted an Aviva Premiership Rugby transition day with local school children from the Frome area.
The day was led by a number of Frome RFC and Bath Rugbycoaches and offered youngsters the opportunity to progress from school sport to community sport and more regular participation. A huge ‘thank you’ to Paul Lovatt from Frome RFC for all his help and expertise in making it a very successful and fun day.
The event, a crucial part of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme, is designed to create long-lasting links between local schools and clubs and eventually unearth the next generation of England rugby stars.
Each season, every Aviva Premiership Rugby club will host similar transition days at selected hub clubs and will provide first-class coaching by using an Aviva Premiership Rugby coach and age group coaches from each club.
Jack Howden, Bath Rugby Community Coach said: “It’s important that as a club we can offer something back and, through the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme, hopefully we can get more kids involved in the sport. Taking the step from school sport to club rugby is an important stage for many young players. It can have a huge impact on a player’s development and hopefully some of the kids here will do just that.”
Pete Lovatt, coach at Frome RFC said: “It’s great to have so many local kids down here and we’re very proud as a club to host it alongside Bath Rugby. Our aim is to encourage as many schoolchildren from the Frome area to join their local club andincrease the number of youngsters playing rugby at a grassroots level. The Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme is the perfect platform for us to do this.”
Louisa Cheetham, Senior Sponsorship Manager at Aviva, said:“The programme highlights our commitment of working with Premiership Rugby to grow participation in the sport. The programme essentially delivers real benefit to communities through rugby and helps towards the creation of a sustainable legacy for the sport.”
In its fourth 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, the number of children who will have taken part in the scheme by the end of this season is enough to fill Twickenham.