Gary Gold celebrates milestone for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme

8 May 2013

Gary Gold believes the pupils at Chapmanslade Church of England Primary School will do Bath Rugby proud when they represent the Club at Twickenham, after seeing them in action at an Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools appearance to launch the Play and BreakThru Campaign in Bath.

With Bath's season having come to an end with a 23-14 defeat to top-of-the-table Saracens, meaning the club finished the season seventh, Gold turned his attentions to coach Wiltshire's youngsters on Wednesday.

Chapmanslade Church of England Primary School were in their fifth week of their Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools programme and Gold visited the children to see first-hand how the club's Community department have been helping to introduce youngsters to the game.

The pupils will go on to represent Bath Rugby at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham on May 25th as they play a game of tag rugby during half-time.

And Gold is adamant the Club are in safe hands after what he saw from the youngsters.

"It was absolutely outstanding going down to the school and seeing kids enjoying rugby and playing with a smile on their face," said Gold.

"They were all eager and enthusiastic and loved every minute of it even though the weather was not as nice as it has been.

"They had been pretty well coached already so there wasn't much knowledge or tips I could pass on for their big outing at Twickenham.

"From what I have seen they are a fantastic bunch of kids and I am sure they will do Bath proud when they run out at Twickenham later this month.

"Events like this are massively important for us as a club to help give something back and introduce young kids to the game. And what a way to inspire them with a run out at Twickenham."

There were plenty of reasons to celebrate at Chapmanslade Church of England Primary School with the session marking the 100,000th child taking part in the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme, which helps create the next generation of future Aviva Premiership Rugby and England players.

The programme is Aviva Premiership Rugby's key legacy project which is in its third season introducing young people to rugby union through tag rugby, creating a vibrant and effective rugby legacy in England.

Despite reaching such a milestone, Wayne Morris, Premiership Rugby's Community and CSR Director, who was also at the session insists Aviva Premiership Rugby is not about to slow down any time soon.

"It is amazing for us to reach such a milestone and is something for everyone that has been involved to be proud of," Morris said.

"To introduce young people to the game who otherwise wouldn't have had a chance to play is something we are proud of but it is much more than just that.

"If you look at sport in general it is a great tool for learning life lessons, team work, discipline, self-confidence, self-esteem and much more, and rugby in particular has a great ethos around it with it being the sport for all shapes and sizes.

"We are immensely proud of what we have done so far and will be hoping to carry on this good work for some time to come."

The Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme coaching session with Gold is part of a week of activity to launch Premiership Rugby's Play and BreakThru campaigns.

"We have high hopes for our Play and BreakThru campaigns and hopefully they can have the same amount of success as our Schools Programme," Morris added.

"The Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme is the perfect example of the sort of activities and directives we are hoping to continue under these two new campaigns.

"We have seen 100,000 young people coached through the Schools Programme and we are seeing 1,200 teachers a year coached in tag rugby so we are excited about what the future holds."

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