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Sale Sharks Urban Rugby Squad ready to go

Sale Sharks’ Urban Rugby Squad are ready for next week’s National Tag Rugby Festival and community coach Jack Leech believes that with Adam Sinnot leading the way, they are set to thrive.

Premiership Rugby’s fantastic Urban Rugby Squad programme in partnership with BT Sport’s The Supporters Club, and Restart Rugby, the Official Charity of The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) will be showcased in a National Tag Rugby Festival on Monday 26th October. 
 
The big day begins at Richmond College at 11am. The two Semi-Finals (at 3.45pm) and the Final (4.15pm) are on the main pitch at the Twickenham Stoop where an Urban Rugby Squad will have been selected to represent each Premiership Rugby side. Entry is free at the Twickenham Stoop and all are welcome to attend.
 
Wigan is traditionally a rugby league heartland but Urban Rugby Squad is based at Wigan Youth Zone and gives youngsters an opportunity to try rugby union.
 
And Leech has been impressed by how quickly everyone involved, but 17-year-old Sinnot in particular, has picked up the sport.
 
“Hopefully the team will do well on Monday – we have a few good players and they all have really got themselves into it,” he said.
 
“We have had loads of sessions before the event and they have all worked really hard so I think they will impress on Monday.
 
“There are a few who have surprised me over the training sessions with how quickly they have picked it up but in particular I would have to mention Adam Sinnot.
 
“He has improved the most over training, from the first session he has continued to grow as a player and he has done extremely well.
 
“I hope a lot of them will continue in the sport. We are working with them in terms of the direction of the programme and we will put them in touch with clubs around the area so they can play elsewhere also.”
 
The Urban Rugby Squad programme continues to support young people aged 14-16 from disadvantaged communities across England participating in regular sporting activity and personal development workshops that use rugby as inspiration on areas including anger management, drugs/alcohol misuse, sexual health and physical fitness assessment.
 
The National Tag Rugby Festival provides a unique opportunity to demonstrate the great work being done by the scheme and Leech admits he is enjoying the challenge of coaching the youngsters.

“For me as well, it was a chance to do something new,” added Leech. “I have enjoyed coaching the team and teaching them something new in terms of skills and enjoying the sport. 

“The kids go most days to the Wigan Youth Zone and it was a chance to allow them to do something new.”
 
The Urban Rugby Squad is a ground-breaking new initiative run by Premiership Rugby and its clubs which has seen a thousand of young people aged 14-16 from disadvantaged communities across England participate in regular sporting activity and personal development. The programme has received substantial backing from BT Sport, through its charitable initiative The Supporters Club and Restart Rugby, the Official Charity of The Rugby Players' Association (RPA). A documentary about the Urban Rugby Squad is on BT Sport 1 on 1 November. For more details see premiershiprugby.com/UrbanRugbySquad.
 
Urban Rugby Squad: Adam Coxhead, Callum Talbot, Anthony Barrington, Jordan Brookes, Adam Sinnot, Lewis Melling, Shaun Bright, Leanne Archer, Demi Reynolds, Wade Hock 
 
 

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