Saracens’ Burger trains Harrow U14s in one-off session
Saracens flanker Schalk Burger was thrilled to play his part in Gallagher’s ‘Train with your Heroes’ competition this week as he helped to deliver a one-off training session to Harrow U14s.
Gallagher Premiership Rugby flanker Burger, full-back Alex Goode and winger David Strettle all helped deliver the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the youngsters, passing on some of their experience in the evening training session in Harrow.
And Burger, who has earned 86 caps for South Africa and made 39 Gallagher Premiership appearances for Saracens, knows exactly how inspirational the experience can be, having been in the same position as the Harrow youngsters 20 years ago.
“We can all relate to competitions like this,” said Burger.
“I can remember when I was younger and growing up in Wellington in South Africa and the Springboks were in town.
“My school got picked for a training session and you’re basically jumping out of your skin.
“You’ve got all the little skills and all the offloads. You get to meet people you watch play – you’re meeting your idols.
“Now I’m on the other side and it’s always nice to spend time with the next generation and see how they progress, see their skillsets and they tend to surprise you.
“We obviously can’t impart everything to these guys in one session, but we can teach them one or two small things that they might carry through their career.”
Burger was speaking at a Gallagher ‘Train with your Heroes’ session at Harrow RFC after their U14s side won a nationwide competition launched by Gallagher, a passionate community insurance broker and proud title partner of Premiership Rugby.
Harrow RFC won by describing how their team embodies the spirit of rugby, both on and off the pitch, and helps grow the game locally.
And Burger is hoping Gallagher continue with the new initiative, knowing how much the elite level depends on the success of grassroots sport.
“I think it’s great that Gallagher are supporting grassroots rugby,” he said.
“They’ve obviously entered at the top end of the game in sponsoring Gallagher Premiership Rugby, but their support obviously runs much deeper than at club level.
“They’re making their mark through their sponsorship and it all starts at the grassroots level.
“I know this is the first in a series of coaching clinics and hopefully we’ve got it off to a good start.saracens,c
“It’s a fantastic initiative and hopefully there will be many more to come.”