Students enjoy once-in-a-lifetime Rugby Masterclass with Jonny Wilkinson

Fri 31st Mar '17

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It’s certainly been a memorable day for the 22 students of Grace Academy who had the chance to meet and train with Rugby legend, Jonny Wilkinson, earlier today!

The Solihull school, who have completed nine Sky Sports Living for Sport projects since 2013, won the chance to spend the day with Rugby World Cup Winner, Jonny Wilkinson, after planning their project at the start of the year.

Jonny wasted no time in sharing his rugby knowledge with the students, giving top tips on teamwork, passing and of course, those World Cup winning kicks! It was fantastic to see the students pick up the skills so quickly, improving in confidence and ability as the session progressed.

To make the masterclass even more unforgettable, Jonny was joined by Athlete Mentors Nolli Waterman and Thinus Delport, who got involved with the day’s activities. It was inspiring to hear Jonny open up to the students about his own personal experiences and what he had to overcome on and off the pitch, while Nolli and Thinus referred to the hunger to achieve and mental toughness – two of the Six Keys to Success.

We caught up with Sky Ambassador Jonny towards the end of the masterclass, and he said: “The best thing about these Sky Sports Living for Sport masterclasses is actually seeing the students grow in confidence from the start of the session to the end, both with their sporting skills but also in small things like their willingness to join in with our discussions.”

He continued: “When given an opportunity like this, students really do come into their own, and take that new confidence away with them at the end of the day!”

Sky Sports Living for Sport is part of Sky Academy, which works with young people to build skills and experience using the things we both love; TV, Creativity and Sport. Bringing schools and inspirational role models together, it’s supported by our people who volunteer and well known faces from our TV Channels, to offer a range of opportunities.

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