Former England Rugby stars Ugo Monye and Lewis Moody visited Penzance and Newlyn RFC to recognise them as February’s Old Mutual Wealth Kids First Champions.
The club were chosen as a winner of the sought after grassroots rugby award for their ongoing investment in upskilling their coaches. Therefore, the two rugby heroes dropped by to pass on their training tips. A special prize that was well deserved in light of their Kids First approach to under 7 and under 13 rugby.
Ugo and Lewis delivered a training session for the youngsters on the club pitches. The session was an inspiring occasion for the enthusiastic rugby players, who certainly weren’t deterred by the muddy and wet conditions. Once the session was over, Penzance and Newlyn RFC had the opportunity to put their questions to the visiting rugby stars and were giving some unique insights into the game.
Key to the club’s adoption of the Old Mutual Wealth Kids First approach is under 10s coach Matt Nicholas who has worked tirelessly with his peers to create a nurturing environment to allow the next generation of rugby player to prosper both on and off the field.
On being named the sixth Old Mutual Wealth Kids First Champion of the season, Matt 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 select group of under 13 to under 7 players from Penzance & Newlyn Rugby Club will also have the amazing opportunity to play on the hallowed turf at England Rugby’s HQ, Twickenham Stadium, during a celebration of the Old Mutual Wealth Kids First approach in May.
During this incredible experience 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.
Former England Rugby winger Ugo Monye commented: “Having the opportunity to travel across the country to reward rugby clubs and schools with the title of ‘Old Mutual Wealth Kids First Champion’ has shown me that mini rugby is in a very positive place.
Volunteers, young and old, are giving up their time to ensure that children are growing up in a rugby environment where they learn skills gradually and have a lot of fun playing with their friends. The Old Mutual Wealth Kids First initiative will no doubt benefit the sport of rugby union for many years to come as these youngsters continue to enjoy playing the game.”
Mike Mainwaring, Head of Sponsorship at Old Mutual Wealth, said: “The Kids First approach is all about putting children first. Aimed at Under 7 to Under 13 boys and girls, it upskills coaches and creates a great rugby environment, so that everyone stays in the game for longer. So it’s fantastic to see Penzance & Newlyn RFC embracing it so whole heartedly and we are excited to welcome them to Twickenham for a special day at the home of rugby in May.”