Rugby World Cup 2003 winner and England 2015 ambassador, Lawrence Dallaglio, teamed up with Hounslow Council today (18 September) as part of a ‘long pass’ event marking the one year countdown to the start of Rugby World Cup.
Lawrence received the final pass from a Hounslow student to complete the event which saw around 100 Hounslow school children pass a rugby ball from Redlees Park in Isleworth to Twickenham Stadium, ending at the Line-Out statue outside the south stand of the stadium.
Councillor Steve Curran, leader of Hounslow Council, said: “Having Rugby World Cup 2015 on Hounslow’s doorstep is really exciting for the whole borough.
“I am a massive fan of the game, and Hounslow, with Heathrow next door, it’s London’s international gateway, so our rich multicultural borough is ideally placed to host tens of thousands of fans wanting to enjoy a fantastic festival of rugby.”
Steve Grainger RFU Rugby Development Director, said: “It’s one year to go to RWC 2015. Our women and under 20s have already brought home the silverware in 2014, and we want the country to get behind our men as they aim for success in Rugby World Cup 2015. It has also been great to see so many young people involved in this event today.
“Rugby World Cup 2015 gives us a unique opportunity to leave a lasting legacy that will help us strengthen the game at a grassroots level. Through programmes such as All Schools and the Young Rugby Ambassadors, we are laying the foundations for the next generation of players and volunteers to come in and take this great game of ours forward to an even brighter future.”
The seven secondary schools involved in the event were; Gunnersbury, Chiswick, Heathlands, Cranford, Green School, Isleworth and Syon and Heston Community School.
Hounslow Council and several schools are working in partnership with the RFU to develop a sustainable rugby programme for young people in the borough. As part of the programme we are installing Rugby World Cup 2015 posts in our park to encourage community participation, a comprehensive rugby coaching programme in our schools (listed below) and support for our rugby clubs to develop.
The ultimate aim is to deliver a sustainable school rugby coaching program and strong links between schools and clubs, to make the transition for young people from playing at school to playing at a local club as easy as possible.
Schools taking part in the programme are:
- Cranford Community College (All School program)
- Heston Community School (All School program)
- Rivers Academy (All School program)
- Feltham Community College (All School program)
- Lampton School (Broadening reach program)