- Prince Harry joins up with England U20s
- England face Ireland in World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester
RFU Vice-Patron Prince Harry today joined 30 young people for a training session to remember at Alexandra Park in Stockport. He appeared alongside the England U20s squad, who were taking time out from their preparations for the World Rugby U20 Championship Final on Saturday.
During the visit, Prince Harry and the squad worked with a group of local youngsters taking part in a traditional and freestyle rugby skills workshop with four-time freestyle football world champion Andrew Henderson. They watched a demo of incredible handling, footwork and control before showing off their own tricks with a rugby ball.
England U20 scrum half Max Green, who was offering tips and advice to the young people present said: “It’s been great for the squad to take time out and come here today. Not only getting to meet Prince Harry, but all the young lads and girls who have been enjoying rugby through StreetGames. Andrew has some incredible skills and we’ve really enjoyed giving them a go ourselves – some with more success than others!”
The event comes as StreetGames joins the RFU’s flagship social responsibility programme, Try for Change, which aims to grow the power of rugby for social good. StreetGames, identified as a key partner to aid delivery to 14-25 year olds in disadvantaged communities, runs ‘Doorstep’ and ‘Pop Up’ clubs across the country offering accessible and interactive sports opportunities.
Prince Harry is a keen supporter of the RFU's efforts to make rugby more inclusive and help tackle social challenges around educational and social inclusion, mental and physical wellbeing, unemployment and community cohesion.Speaking at the event, Josh Osbourne a student at Stockport Academy said: “Today has been amazing. Prince Harry was really down to earth and got stuck in with all the skills. It was really awesome to meet him and the England team as well.”
Jane Ashworth, Chief Executive, StreetGames commented: “As teenagers move into adulthood they play regular, organised sport less and the rate of this drop-off is greatest in disadvantaged communities. Its StreetGames job to make sure the young people have a great experience of sport and have positive memories to carry them into active adulthood.”
This visit is part of a wider tournament Try for Change outreach programme with participating teams visiting a charity, school or community group that ‘improves lives through rugby’.
For more information about Try for Change visit: www.englandrugby.com/tryforchange