Former England stars drop by as part of grassroots rugby award...

FORMER England stars Ugo Monyeand Lewis Moody visited Penzance and Newlyn RFC to recognise them as February’s Old Mutual Wealth ‘Kids First’ champions.

The club was chosen as a winner of the grassroots rugby award for ongoing investment in training their coaches.

Ugo and Lewis delivered a training session for the youngsters on the club pitches. Once the session was over, Penzance and Newlyn RFC had the opportunity to put questions to the visitors.

Key to the club’s adoption of the Old Mutual Wealth Kids First approach, is under 10s coach Matt Nicholas.

He said: “It is so important for young players to have the opportunity to learn the game of rugby at their own pace and it is our responsibility as coaches to provide an environment in which they can do this.

“As a club we work very hard to ensure that all of our coaches continue to learn and develop as we understand the crucial role that we play in welcoming youngsters into our incredible sport.”

As part of their prize, a group of under 13 to under seven players from Penzance & Newlyn will have the opportunity to play at Twickenham during a celebration of the Old Mutual Wealth Kids First approach in May.

They will be treated as England rugby players for the day as they travel on the team bus, enter the England changing room and sing the national anthem in front of their friends and families.

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