World Cup thrill for school rugby play­ers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Animals Rescued -

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

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