Sale Sharks are pulling out all the stops ahead of Saturday’s Aviva Rugby at the Reebok against London Irish at the Reebok Stadium (Sat 16 April, 1730 KO), and will be taking part in a Speed Training Session today arranged by Premiership Rugby and UK Athletics sponsor Aviva, which will be led by former Olympic Gold medallist Darren Campbell.
Sale Sharks are pulling out all the stops ahead of Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Rugby “Big Game” against London Irish at the Reebok Stadium, and called on Olympic Gold medallist Darren Campbell to lead them in a last minute speed training session.
Premiership Rugby sponsor Aviva, who have also been supporting British athletes since 1999, arranged for Darren Campbell to give Sale Sharks a speed training session ahead of this weekend’s Big Game against London Irish. Aviva has sought to form closer ties between the two sports – and in December 2010, the Wasps players took part in a ‘job swap’ session with GB heptathlete Jess Ennis.
Darren Campbell boasts a remarkable medal collection including: 4 European Golds, one silver, 2 Commonwealth Games Golds, one bronze, 2 World Championship Silvers, 2 Bronze and finally, both an Olympic Gold and Silver medal. Since his retirement from professional athletics in 2006, Darren has worked with Aviva to pass on his experience at grassroots and elite levels of sport.
Heather Smith, Head of Sponsorship at Aviva, said: "There's no doubt that the importance of speed is shared across the sports of athletics and rugby. The smallest of fractions can make the difference between winning and losing – be it a 100m race or that final dash for the try line. It's fantastic for Aviva that we can bring our two key sponsorships of rugby and athletics together ahead of this Saturday's Aviva Premiership's 'Big Game'".
To find out more about this weekend's Rugby at the Reebok, where Sale Sharks take on London Irish at the Reebok Stadium, visit www.salesharks.com