Smithdon High pupils with teachers and representatives of West Norfolk and Leicester Tigers rugby clubs.

RUGBY UNION: A West Norfolk school has teamed up with leading rugby clubs to boost opportunities for pupils to play the sport. 

Children from Years 7 and 9 at Smithdon High, in Hunstanton, took part in an in-house rugby festival and coaching session, led by Premier League Leicester Tigers’ community coach Lottie Bozon.

About 60 youngsters took part in a number of drills during a lesson on the school’s new rugby pitch, with head of PE Dan Ward, headteacher John Hirst and coaching staff welcoming the Tigers coach.

Also joining the session was West Norfolk RU chairman Graham Woodcock. The club have given a set of posts to the school. That is part of an initiative to build links between the club and local schools, with the aim of encouraging participation in the sport. 

Ward said: “We are grateful to West Norfolk for the donation of the posts and we now have a full sized pitch on which to play on. This has stimulated interest in rugby again at the school with encouraging numbers of boys and girls taking part in our after-school rugby club. 

“We are excited by the opportunity to build in-club links with West Norfolk.

“It was fantastic to make links with Leicester Tigers and their community coaching programme. We have already had discussions to run further festivals based on the success of this first event.”