World Cup thrill for school rugby players
Rugby players at Towers School got a close-up glimpse of the William Webb Ellis Trophy on its round-the-world tour ahead of the Rugby World Cup.
The pupils were invited by Kent County Council to take part in rugby events at Leeds Castle and County Hall in Maidstone.
It was their reward for helping teacher Darren Reeves organise a tag rugby tournament for special needs children in Kent.
Mr Reeves said rugby participation at Towers has grown, and the pupils proudly displayed their new kits paid for by building firm Silcock.
He said: “When I first arrived it was pretty much a football playing school, but now we have teams from Year 7 through to sixth-form.
“They loved having a day out of school to play rugby and be so close to the trophy.
“I’m hoping the world cup will have a massive impact to get more kids watching and playing the sport.”
Teacher Darren Reeves, right, with pupils from Towers School in Ashford and the William Webb Ellis Trophy