Shireland Collegiate Academy scores at Warriors

School pupils from Smethwickwon a special Prince’s Trust rugby tournament at Worcester Warriors’ ground yesterday, made possible thanks to a grant from Balfour Beatty.

The youngsters are currently part of The Prince’s Trust xl club – special clubs that support pupils aged 13-19 who are at risk of underachievement or exclusion -at Shireland Collegiate Academy. The tournament saw them competing against young people from xl clubs at The Hereford Academy and Walsall Academy.

In preparation for the big day, the young people were coached by Worcester Warriors stars including England player Tamara Taylor.

Linda Norville, senior head of Prince’s Trust xl clubs in Central England said: “We would like to congratulate all of the young people who took part but a special mention must go to the Shireland Collegiate Academy team who emerged triumphant on the day. Initiatives like this are a fantastic way to promote the importance of teamwork and healthy exercise. We would like to thank Balfour Beatty and the Worcester Warriors for all their support.”

Infrastructure services Group Balfour Beatty donated £50,000 to the youth charity to run the mini rugby tournament initiative with xl clubs across the country. The Prince’s Trust will help 55,000 disadvantaged young people this year, giving them the confidence and skills to turn their lives around. Three in four young people on Prince’s Trust schemes move into work, education or training.

For further information about The Prince’s Trust, visit www.princes-trust.org.uk or call 0800 842 842.