Warriors duo inspire next generation of rugby stars

Worcester Warriors players George Porter and Jon Clarke took time out from their busy club schedule at Sixways Stadium to put local schoolchildren through their paces as they continue their introduction to tag rugby.

The event, part of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme, brought together over 60 children from Years 3 and 4 and gave them the perfect opportunity to gain inspiration from two top-flight players.

Aviva Premiership Rugby's key legacy project, the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme, is currently in its third season.

The Programme, which comes with a £2m investment from Aviva, is an initiative which introduces more than 39,000 young people each season to rugby union through tag rugby, creating a vibrant and effective rugby legacy in England.

The scheme targets non-traditional rugby schools and provides five weeks of coaching and teacher training, grassroots club links, plus resources for the school to continue to play rugby in the future.

In addition, one school from each Aviva Premiership Rugby club region will qualify for the Finals at Twickenham and will play ahead of the teams competing at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final there on Saturday 25 May.

After an exciting tournament at Sixways yesterday, in which over 60 tries were scored, it was Cherry Orchard school who claimed victory and they will travel to Twickenham next month.

Warriors prop George Porter said: “It’s great to see so many young kids taking part and especially as a lot of them are new to the sport.

“The enthusiasm and skills they were all showing is really encouraging and it’s hard to imagine that most have them have only just started playing. It will be brilliant for the winners to play at Twickenham. It’s a great achievement and something they will always remember.

“The Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme is doing a great job at spreading rugby in schools around the country and I hope Clarkey and I inspired them to keep up all their hard work.”