Cornish Pirates training

We welcomed two Cornish Pirates rugby players for an after-school training session on 17th September.

Neale Patrick, the Pirates lock and number 8, and Shane Cahill, loosehead prop, led a lesson and a training session.

James Coles, Cornish Pirates Community Development Manager, says: “With a three-year community development plan the emphasis is very much on supporting the hard work already going on within schools in Cornwall. We really hope to become more involved within school development as the season progresses.”

The initiative is a response to the hotbed of rugby talent in Cornwall. “Cornwall is one of the few counties in the country where rugby is the number one sport. Going into the 2013/14 season, the Cornish Pirates are working a lot more closely with both the RFU and Cornwall RFU to support the development of young players in Cornwall,” adds Mr Coles.

Today’s classroom lesson encouraged Fowey students to focus on leadership. Mr Patrick says: “Even though there is only one captain on the field, everyone should develop leadership qualities which include communication and patience among others.”

Mr Hayward says: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to work with players at the height of their game. We would like to thank the Pirates for offering us their expertise today.”

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