Rugby World Cup fever comes early to Bognor RFC

Youngsters and rugby officials gather to look forward to the World Cup   Picture by Tommy McMillan
Youngsters and rugby officials gather to look forward to the World Cup Picture by Tommy McMillan
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Bognor RFC hosted an event to mark a year to go before the Rugby World Cup takes centre stage.

Rugby teams from their three local secondary schools – The Regis School, Six Villages Academy and Felpham Academy – were present along with county and national rugby officials.

It was part of the RFU’s efforts to boost the grass-roots game and increase interest in the sport in line with the build-up to the big 2015 tournament.

The schools are part of the RFU All Schools Programme, a key part of the legacy work being done by rugby bosses.

A lot of new equipment has been donated to the schools to boost participation.

Bognor RFC management were there to welcome everyone to their Hampshire Avenue headquarters, with the club’s Martin Eley representing Sussex School Union.

Sussex rugby development officer Mal Chumbley said: “There were about 50 Year 7 and 8 students who all went away buzzing with excitement about the programme ahead.

“The kit was issued to a delighted group from each school and there was an atmosphere of enthusiasm and anticipation

“The club provided all the guests with lunch and refreshments, headed by youth chair Lisa Molyneaux, Martin Eley and Martin Broome.

“The players got the chance to meet the All Schools coach Dean Dewey, who will be delivering the programme, and the RFU community coach Mick Orton, who will oversee the school programme.”