Premiership Rugby players Sean Cox, Will Cliff and Lee Imiolek were at Wirral Rugby Club yesterday leading a training session after the club was announced as a winner of the QBE Rugby Pro competition.
Members of the Wirral under 12s side trained with the Sale Sharks players courtesy of QBE, the specialist in business insurance. They are one of six grassroots rugby clubs across the country to be awarded a training session with Premiership Rugby players.
The prizes were awarded to innovative clubs who demonstrate how they contribute to improving their local community. The judges were particularly impressed by the hard work shown by the Wirral coaches and their efforts to promote the sport within local schools to increase participation levels.
The training session provided the Wirral under 12s with the rare opportunity to learn from professionals and pick up specialist advice on core rugby skills and game play. This was followed by a meet and greet with the Sale players as they were happy to pose for photographs and sign autographs for Wirral club members. In addition, the club received £1,000 worth of training equipment.
Alan Barr, Wirral RFC club member, said: “The training session taken by Sale Sharks players was a great success as the under 12s team got the opportunity to develop a number of new skills. Hopefully this will greatly benefit the squad as the season reaches its climax. We are very grateful to QBE for the fantastic event and the new training equipment.”
Will Cliff, Sale Sharks scrum-half, said: “I think that QBE Rugby Pro is a fantastic initiative and I am delighted that Wirral has won this competition. It’s great that the club is actively promoting the sport of rugby in the area and that we have the opportunity to pass on some specialist advice to the youngsters here to help them and the club develop.”
Ten rugby clubs from across the UK were awarded runners up prizes of £1,000 worth of training kit, including training balls, post protectors, match balls, training tops, water bottles, kit bag, bibs and cones; essentials for grassroots rugby clubs.
QBE Rugby Pro is part of QBE’s Developing Talent programme, which sees the business insurer encourage development of the game at a grassroots level and supports QBE employees through rugby.
For more information on the winning clubs and further details on QBE Rugby Pro visit www.qberugby.com