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Saracens’ Strettle trains Harrow U14s after Gallagher competition win

Saracens’ Strettle trains Harrow U14s after Gallagher competition win

Harrow U14s were put through their paces by Saracens in a training session this week and flying wing David Strettle left the youngsters with a clear message – stick with it and you can make the grade.

Gallagher Premiership Rugby speedster Strettle, full-back Alex Goode and back-rower Schalk Burger 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 Strettle, who has earned 14 England caps and made almost 150 Gallagher Premiership Rugby appearances, passed on plenty of valuable coaching tips as well as general advice for the youngsters.

“Harrow won the Gallagher ‘Train with your Heroes’ competition because their club embodies the spirit of the rugby community,” commented Strettle.

“We’re training with the boys and showing them a little bit about what it’s like to be a professional rugby player and do some core skills training.

“We’re obviously lucky as professionals to play at the weekend and lots of people watch us do it, but the boys here can actually see the training that goes on day in day out, the teamwork and the respect between the players.

“Days like this are so important – it shows players at U14 level how we play and how we train.

“They’ll realise that we’re not superheroes, we make mistakes and drop balls, it’s just that if you stick with it you can make the grade.”

Strettle 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 Strettle, who played both rugby league and rugby union in his youth, appreciates that things have come full circle for him now, having been in the same position as the Harrow youngsters 20 years ago.

“I grew up in Warrington and the Warrington rugby league lads came in to train with us and showed us how important it was to train daily, train weekly, practise your skills,” added Strettle.

“If you do that, you can end up reaching the top. For me that made me realise that some of those guys 20 years earlier had been to the same schools as me and stuff – so I realised it was something I could do.

“I think clubs at this level are lucky to have sponsors like Gallagher to push sessions like this because it’s a privilege for us as players to see how inspiring we can be to the youngsters – neither the elite game or the grassroots game would survive without the other.

“These are the places where you start your rugby and when you retire, you move back to your local village or wherever you go back to and support your local rugby.

“These are the areas where people with a similar passion, whether it be rugby, football or hockey, can get together and enjoy all the things that make rugby great.”

Strettle 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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