Harry to attend rugby festival

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Published: Monday 20th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Prince Harry will attend a rugby festival today as part of a drive to get more schools playing the sport.

Harry, a keen rugby union fan, will join youngsters at Eccles RFC in Salford, Greater Manchester, for an afternoon of coaching and playing the sport.

He will take part in a training session, alongside England Rugby community coaching staff, for local teachers working to become rugby coaches for their schools.

He will also meet student volunteers before helping them run a rugby festival for other younger children from the local area.

Prince Harry is patron of England Rugby’s All Schools Programme, developed by England Rugby to increase the amount of rugby played in state secondary schools, and to encourage new players to join local clubs.

It aims to promote the idea that rugby union is a game everyone can play and every school can teach.

The All Schools Programme is a project launched ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup, hosted by England, which supports state secondary schools over three years with kit and equipment, coaching, student volunteer training and links to a local club, to help them start and sustain playing rugby union.

It aims to have 750 more self-sufficient rugby-playing schools by the time of the next Rugby World Cup in 2019 in Japan.

Prince Harry is honorary president of England Rugby 2015, the organising committee delivering the Rugby World Cup 2015. He is also vice patron of the Rugby Football Union and patron of the RFU Injured Players Foundation.

After the rugby, Prince Harry will visit crews and young fire cadets at a local fire station in Salford.

Published: Monday 20th October 2014 by The News Editor

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