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Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School in Hunstanton, took part in an in-house rugby festival and coaching session led by the Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon.

The school teamed up with the leading rugby club to boost playing opportunities for students in sport.

Around 60 students participated in a number of drills during a lesson on the school’s newly established rugby pitch, with the school's head of PE Dan Ward, headteacher John Hirst and coaching staff welcoming the Tigers community coach.

Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, took part in a rugby festival and coaching session led by Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon. (53701074)
Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, took part in a rugby festival and coaching session led by Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon. (53701074)

The Tigers are one of only four clubs in the Premiership to have never been relegated and counts Norfolk’s Tom Youngs among its top names.

Also joining the session was Graham Woodcock, chairman of West Norfolk Rugby Union Football Club (RUFC), which has given a set of rugby posts to the school.

The donation is part of an initiative to build links between the club and local schools, including Smithdon High, with the aim of encouraging participation in the sport.

Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, took part in a rugby festival and coaching session led by Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon. (53701101)
Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, took part in a rugby festival and coaching session led by Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon. (53701101)

Mr Ward said: "We are grateful to West Norfolk RUFC for the donation of the set of posts and we now have a full sized pitch on which to play on.

"This has stimulated interest in rugby again at the school with encouraging numbers of boys and girls taking part in our after school rugby club.

"We are excited by the opportunity to build in-club links with West Norfolk."

Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, took part in a rugby festival and coaching session led by Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon. (53701104)
Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, took part in a rugby festival and coaching session led by Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon. (53701104)

"It was also fantastic to make links with Leicester Tigers and their community coaching programme."

Smithdon High, a member of the West Norfolk Academies Trust, also has plans in place with West Norfolk RUFC to share facilities and coaches to help further develop opportunities for students to experience rugby both inside and outside of the curriculum.

Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, took part in a rugby festival and coaching session led by Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon. (53701107)
Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, took part in a rugby festival and coaching session led by Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon. (53701107)

Mr Woodcock said: "We have already had discussions to run further festivals based on the success of this first "It’s great to see the posts up and feedback from the school is very positive with the number of students taking up the sport steadily growing.

"We are keen to continue to foster links with local schools."

Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, took part in a rugby festival and coaching session led by Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon. (53701110)
Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, took part in a rugby festival and coaching session led by Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon. (53701110)
Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, took part in a rugby festival and coaching session led by Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon. (53701077)
Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, took part in a rugby festival and coaching session led by Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon. (53701077)
Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, took part in a rugby festival and coaching session led by Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon. (53701080)
Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, took part in a rugby festival and coaching session led by Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon. (53701080)
Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, took part in a rugby festival and coaching session led by Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon. (53701083)
Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, took part in a rugby festival and coaching session led by Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon. (53701083)
Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, took part in a rugby festival and coaching session led by Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon. (53701086)
Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, took part in a rugby festival and coaching session led by Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon. (53701086)
Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, took part in a rugby festival and coaching session led by Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon. (53701089)
Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, took part in a rugby festival and coaching session led by Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon. (53701089)
Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, took part in a rugby festival and coaching session led by Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon. (53701092)
Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, took part in a rugby festival and coaching session led by Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon. (53701092)
Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, took part in a rugby festival and coaching session led by Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon. (53701098)
Students from years seven and nine at Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, took part in a rugby festival and coaching session led by Premier League’s Leicester Tigers community coach Lottie Bozon. (53701098)


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