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Green and Whites linking city schools with local rugby

NOTTINGHAM Rugby's Community Department has delivered nearly 250 hours of coaching to children in city schools since September, with Djanogly City Academy, Bluecoat Academy and Emanuel School being the three main beneficiaries. 

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Modern fun: Nottingham Moderns were Partner Club with the Green and Whites at Meadow Lane recently.

This programme has been designed to link the three schools directly into Nottingham Moderns Rugby Club's junior section.  The scheme has been delivered by Andy Tither (Level 3 RFU Coach and Coach Educator) who works for the club's community department.

Tither  said: "The programme has been great to introduce rugby to large numbers of young people during curriculum time, but most importantly in supporting the schools to prepare teams for the city competitions which have been held at Moderns and are organised by the School Sport Partnership Manager, Nick Robb."

Nottingham Rugby first team and community manager Steve Smith added: "It has been great to be able to work with so many young people and commit so much time and resource to a small number of schools.

"The links we have with Nottingham Moderns are great and they are really opening their doors to reach out to young people in the city.  We have a fun coaching session planned which will involve all three schools at Moderns on Friday afternoon and most of these young players are our guests in the crowd tonight."

"Nottingham back rower Rupert Cooper has been visiting the schools, which has enabled us to take a professional athlete to young players and using him as a really positive role model."

Several primary schools have also been visited by the community team and players recently. Stars of the Green and Whites have also picked up the whistle to referee at several of the recent Nottingham City Secondary School festivals.

Cooper said: "The kids are really up for the contact side of things and there has been plenty of talent I have seen within the city schools system.

"We just want to try our hardest to get the kids into their most local club and for many this will be Moderns, who have a great junior set up."

Moderns were recently Nottingham Rugby's Matchday Partner Club which saw youngsters get the chance to be inspired up close and personal, appearing at Meadow Lane as mascots, flag bearers and ball boys and girls.

Smith said: "Rugby in the city continues to grow and we look forward to the day when one of these young players being introduced to game wears the famous green and white shirt!"


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