As part of the NSW Waratahs initiative to connect with schools, this week saw Waratah players visit Trinity Grammar School in Summer Hill, for a training session.
Not only did Trinity Grammar School students have the opportunity to watch the Waratahs team training in full flight, they were also given the chance to meet the players. Trinity’s rugby team trained alongside their heroes who offered tips and guidance to the next generation of rugby talent coming through the ranks.
It’s not only the kids that are the beneficiaries of such exposure, claims General Manager of Rugby Development Andrew Hill. “The best thing about these sessions is that the current coaches and players can get amongst the community and hopefully, inspire them to keep playing rugby”, said Hill.
“For NSW Rugby, this means the pedigree of players and coaches will continually grow and develop which will only benefit the game as a whole,” continued Hill.
Boys from the Junior School and Middle and Senior School campuses were invited to participate. Trinity Grammar School Activities Master, Lachlan White found the visit priceless, “It wasn’t just our students who benefitted from this great opportunity. Our coaches and staff also picked up some useful tips and advice on getting the best out of our boys. And hopefully getting up close and personal with Waratahs players will inspire more of our boys to take up rugby – the younger boys in particular could barely contain their excitement.”
Trinity Year 5 student Jett Halmarick met one of his rugby union idols, Israel Folau. “It was really cool because the Waratahs are my rugby union team that I go for. I’ve seen them plenty of times before but I hadn’t actually met them in person. I got to meet Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps, Michael Hooper and Will Skelton,” commented Jett.
Trinity has a proud history of rugby dating back to 1916, with several players going on to represent State and National teams. Most recently, Scott Sio (Class of 2009) reached the ultimate level of success by playing for the Wallabies and achieving a spot on the 2015 World Cup Squad. Henry Clunies-Ross (Class of 2012), once described as ‘one of Australia’s fastest backs’, previously played for the Waratahs and currently represents LOU Rugby in France.