Bath Rugby and Bath Rugby Foundation hosted a rugby training session last Wednesday with Clarendon School – a community special school in Hampton – to promote inclusivity within rugby.

Professional players Sam Underhill, Zach Mercer and Freddie Burns coached students at the Hanworth Road school on January 17, along with Bath Rugby Foundation’s mixed ability participants, before touring the home of English rugby - Twickenham Stadium.

The session – designed to illustrate that rugby is an inclusive sport that anyone can play, regardless of age or ability – focused on fun rugby drills that everyone can enjoy.

Sam Underhill, Bath Rugby and England international said: “The coaching session was a great day, it was a lot of fun to work with the pupils from Clarendon and the Foundation’s Mixed Ability participants – it is always rewarding as a player to be able to give back and help people discover the sport we all enjoy so much.

“The session has really helped highlight the inclusive nature of rugby and how everyone can play and enjoy the sport.”

Along with the RFU and Premiership Rugby, Bath Rugby Foundation aims to increase underrepresented participation in the sport, specifically Black, Asian & minority ethnic people, those from low socio-economic backgrounds and disabled people.

Caryl Thomas, Bath Rugby Foundation’s project development manager, added: “The Foundation’s aim is to increase participation in rugby from all levels and backgrounds, we’re making great progress but it’s an area that still needs a lot of work.

“Rugby is one of those sports that can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of ability, and the session at Clarendon has just further highlighted this.

All the children had an amazing time, and hopefully they’ve caught the rugby bug and want to continue playing!”

Both the mixed ability participants and the pupils from Clarendon School are invited back to Twickenham Stadium for The Clash in April, where Bath Rugby will take on rivals Leicester Tigers.

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