Arthur Terry sixth formers hit the field with the Wasps RFC

Sporty sixth formers at Arthur Terry School welcomed Ben Avent, a representative from the Premiership Rugby club, Wasps RFC into school. Having been training with head coach Joe Gavin since September, both the sixth form boys’ rugby team and the sixth form girls’ rugby team, accompanied by some talented sports stars in younger years, took part in an intense and motivating training session which ran throughout the morning.

The students developed their understanding of a range of skills including contact and ball handling skills and they all got chance to show their promise during some game phases at the end. Getting muddy on the field was all part and parcel of the session and students found this fantastic opportunity extremely rewarding.

Training each week after school, the sixth form rugby teams have showed real commitment, enthusiasm and dedication to the sport. While some of the students who take part are already confident and highly skilled players, competing for clubs such as Walsall RFC, Lichfield RFC and Sutton Coldfield RFC, the Arthur Terry team has welcomed all ability levels and are delighted to see so many beginners taking to the sport.

Miss Stewart, the girls’ rugby coach commented that:

It is fantastic to see so many young people taking an interest in what is for some a brand new sport. The Wasps training session has really motivated and inspired more of our students to get involved and have fun while at the same time becoming skilled players.”

Following this success, the school will be organising a trip for the sixth formers to a Wasps game in the New Year and both the boys and girls teams are looking forward to competing in a summer league in 2017.

Headteacher, Neil Warner, said: This is a fantastic opportunity for our students and has been an invaluable experience. It is another example of how learning outside the classroom can be as pivotal as inside in developing key skills, raising self-confidence and fostering talent.”