An exhilarating experience – Pupils, parents and staff from Oasis Academy Warndon took the spotlight at Twickenham Stadium over the weekend.
On Saturday 1st June, a group of pupils, parents and staff from Oasis Academy Warndon, situated on the outside of Worcester City were given an amazing opportunity to take part in a tag rugby demonstration with a number of other schools from across the country and to stay and watch the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final.
During the pupil’s time on the pitch, they scored over twenty tries and were ‘very happy’. After they had the pitch to themselves with a number of other schools, they went to the outside of the grounds of Twickenham Stadium to experience the pre-match atmosphere and had celebratory slushies before heading back in to watch the final, which pupil’s, parents and staff said was ‘really exciting, we were really close too’.
Emily Hobson, Principal of Oasis Academy Warndon, commented on the amazing day, saying; “What an amazing experience to have been on the actual Twickenham pitch on finals day and the to watch Owen Farrell, Jack Knowles and Maro Itoje play at the England ground! We thoroughly enjoyed the whole day and children, siblings and parents soaked up every moment. Absolutely incredible- truly part of our exceptional education curriculum!”
The excitement doesn’t end there, during the game, pupils were given Exeter Chief Flags by their supporters which they continued to wave throughout the match.
Shanice Christian, Pupil at Oasis Academy Warndon, showed her excitement and said; “We got to play in one of the most famous stadiums in the world. I’d never seen a live rugby match before and I’d always wanted to. It was wonderful!”
Archie McDonald, Pupil and Oasis Academy Warndon’s Rugby Captain, added; “It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’ve been playing Club Rugby for four years and I know what a big deal this was. I’m going to train even harder now and maybe one day I’ll be back in a Rose’s shirt! Twickenham was one of the best days of my life!”
Courtesy of Premiership Rugby’s plan to improve a million lives, 310,000 people a year come into contact with one of their community initiatives.
Tackling Health - Delivered nationally by Premiership Rugby clubs across England, and in partnership with the Greggs Foundation, the key aims of the project are to improve young people’s understanding of what constitutes healthy eating and a healthy diet and to increase levels of physical activity. There are 13 other schools taking part in the health initiative including Oasis Academy Warndon.