Lewsey kids enjoy big rugby day out at Twickenham

By Simon Hayes on December 17, 2009 10:18 AM |

Schoolchildren from Tower Hamlets enjoyed a grand day out at the home of rugby last week.

The finals of the Nomura-Josh Lewsey Rugby Academy took place in front of a crowd of 30,000 at Twickenham last Thursday, just before the Nomura Varsity Match.

FF-dec17-lewesy.jpgChildren from Mayflower, Malmesbury, Cubitt Town Junior, Clara Grant and Arnhem Wharf Schools all took part in the tag rugby tournament, organised by the East London Business Alliance, Nomura and the Tower Hamlets School Sports Partnership.

Malmesbury were crowned champions and former England star Lewsey was on hand to dish out the medals. He has been delighted with the enthusiasm of the children.

He said: "I've been involved with East London Business Alliance and the Academy for the last three years and it is a delight to work with a hundred east London school children each year and to be able to introduce them to the home of rugby on such an exciting match day.

"40 lucky kids got to play on the famous pitch and after a hard fought game Malmesbury School won the day. I was incredibly proud of their achievement and how far they'd come since we first started working together.

"The Academy aims not just to teach rugby skills to children but also to create a legacy of participation in both sport and academic life. We hope the Academy can be a vehicle for raising aspirations among participants."

Many of the youngsters have already signed up with Millwall Rugby Club to continue their education in the oval ball game.