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Star full-back Goode trains Harrow U14s after Gallagher competition win

Star full-back Goode trains Harrow U14s after Gallagher competition win

Saracens full-back Alex Goode hailed Gallagher’s ‘Train with your Heroes’ competition this week after helping to deliver a training session for Harrow U14s.

Goode, one of Gallagher Premiership Rugby’s standout stars, put on the session in Harrow alongside teammates David Strettle and Schalk Burger.

The 21-cap England international helped the youngsters work on their communication, breakdown and core skills, passing on huge amounts of elite knowledge.

“I think this is an amazing scheme,” commented Goode. “It’s great for our sponsors – Gallagher – to have initiatives like this at the grassroots level where kids can come and meet the most-capped back rower of all time for South Africa, and an England winger in David Strettle.

“For the kids to go out there and have a training session with us guys is just fantastic.

“It obviously comes off the back of Harrow U14s entering the competition and displaying why theirs is such a great community club.

“It’s so important that all sport at the grassroots level is supported, not just in rugby, I think it’s great that Gallagher aren’t just focused on the top end with Premiership Rugby, but at all levels.”

Goode 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 Goode, who has made almost 200 appearances in Gallagher Premiership Rugby, felt it was important to attend the session having once been in a similar position to the Harrow youngsters.

He continued: “I remember at Loughborough mini rugby festival when I was about nine years old, there was always a player who would attend the festival or someone would come down and shake your hand.

“For me it was Leon Lloyd who came down from Leicester Tigers, I think he’d played England A at that time and he came and gave us all our medals.

“I didn’t really know who he was at the time but I was told he was a Leicester player and I was quite mesmerised, eyes all wide, and that helped set me on my path.

“I just remember thinking it was pretty cool and I’ve still got the medal at home, things like that you remember so it’s good to be able to do a similar thing now.”

Goode 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.

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