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Dave Attwood and team-mates happy to lend a hand at Bath Rugby Foundation’s Summer Scrum

Dave Attwood and team-mates happy to lend a hand at Bath Rugby Foundation’s Summer Scrum

Bath Rugby lock Dave Attwood admitted helping teach rugby to children with disabilities was extremely humbling as he and his team-mates took part in the Bath Rugby Foundation’s annual Summer Scrum event.

The day at Odd Down Sports Ground last Thursday saw almost 100 children from Threeways, Fosse Way, Larkrise and Mendip schools learn about the sport as part of the Foundation’s initiative to get more children with disabilities playing rugby.

Attwood was joined by teammates Francois Louw, Henry Thomas, Max Lahiff, Michael Van Vuuren, Tom Dunn, Harry Davies and Aled Brew at the event, funded by Premiership Rugby and Comic Relief.

And the England second-rower revealed how much pleasure he gained from bringing the game to 96 children.

Attwood said: “It’s massively humbling. It’s brilliant for us as people, not just rugby players, to see what these parents, carers and volunteers have to deal with day-in day-out, and it gives you perspective about life and how lucky we are.

“It shows how much we can help and how a little bit of time from us can go a long way in helping make someone else’s day a lot better.”

The event started with a host of activities introducing the sport, including kicking, agility and tackling drills before a touch rugby tournament in the afternoon.

Flanker Louw got stuck into the drills and heaped praise on Bath Rugby Foundation for its tireless work to bring rugby to a wider range of people.

The South African said: “It’s a great initiative to get involved with the community, especially with kids that have special needs; it’s really exciting for them to have a day out. What the Bath Rugby Foundation have done is unbelievable.

“We all face different challenges in life and what these kids have faced is challenges far beyond what we could imagine.

“If we can bring a little bit of joy to someone’s life, that doesn’t take much effort at all, so it’s great to get involved.”

Prop Thomas might be nursing an injury but that didn’t stop him from getting involved as he refereed the touch rugby tournament.

After the event, he said: “It certainly has been a great day, playing a bit of touch and tag rugby. It was great. Everyone was loving it.

“Seeing the look on their faces and handing out certificates and signing their tops – that was really lovely to see.”

The Summer Scrum event was a nice break from pre-season training, where Todd Blackadder’s side are well into their preparations ahead of a crunch opening Aviva Premiership Rugby fixture against Leicester Tigers.

And Attwood cannot wait to see his team line-up against their rivals after the Tigers pipped Bath to fourth spot last season.

He said: “All of the elements of that as a first fixture is quite exciting. The history of that game speaks for itself and we are very much looking forward to it.

“I think it’s a good way to start the season off and a good game to get out of the way. If we get the result, we’re off to a flyer.

“We are not intimidated by that and I think we’re looking forward to that. We know it is going to be a tough start to the season but if you’re going to be in contention to do good stuff throughout the year, you need to win the big games and you cannot shy away from it.”

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