School duo win national Rugby World Cup Ambassador awards

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Two Highfields School students have been recognised nationally for their sterling work in helping promote the Rugby World Cup as the school’s Rugby World Cup Ambassadors.

Grace Pickford (Yr 12) and Sophie Hamilton Cody (Yr 11) won certificates and a variety of Rugby World Cup souvenirs for their part in helping the school organise a full day of events to promote the tournament last month.

Former England Sevens captain Rob Vickerman spent the day at the school and with the help if Grace and Sophie, along with Harry Morley (Yr 10) and Harris Orridge-Dubois (Yr 10) ran a full day of events to get the youngsters at the school into the spirit of the tournament.

They has been involved in the Ambassador work since last Christmas.

Jayne Allen, school sports co-ordinator, said: “Ambassadors were invited to apply for these award if it was felt they had gone over and beyond, and Grace and Sophie were successful.

“Grace was given hers for ‘enjoyment’ as we have never had a response like that from the girls. They were very taken by it and wanted tag rugby workshops. Sophie’s was for ‘discipline’which was the fair play that shone through on the day.”

All the Highfields youngsters played rugby or tag rugby competitions on the day while all the primary schools in their cluster were invited over in the afternoon and were given tag rugby workshops before playing in some demonstration games.

Vickerman also helped with this along with the school’s PE sports apprentices.