Gloucester Rugby Community: Aviva Schools Festival
The Aviva Schools rugby programme drew to a close with a festival held at All Saints Academy in Cheltenham.
During the past year the Gloucester Rugby Community team have visited 50 schools as part of the Aviva Schools programme, providing grassroots coaching for 1000's of primary school children. At the end of each term schools are invited to take part in a cluster festival.
Community Coaches Jake Meloscia and Terry Fanolua said:
"The Aviva programme is a great way to introduce the game of rugby to young players. The kids taking part have shown some great skills and there will definitely be some promising talent from this group to look out for in the future!"
After a closely contested tournament the two schools that came away victorious were Beeches Green and Upton St Leonards who drew in the final to share the honours. Other schools who took part in this festival were Coney Hill, North Cerney, Siddington, Bishops Cleeve and St Lawrence Primary school.
Henry Purdy, a first half replacement for Charlie Sharples, was amongst the try scorers in the 64-19 victory over Aviron Bayonnais on Saturday evening and told GRTV that it was a professional performance, one the team are happy with.
Gloucester's win in Treviso last week means that they need a bonus point win against Bayonne on Saturday evening to secure a home quarter-final (kick off 8pm), but Tim Taylor wants the team to focus on the performance first and foremost.
Billy Burns and Man of the Match Richard Hibbard spoke to GRTV after the 41-0 win in Treviso, on a day when preparations weren't ideal. They felt the team's attitude was key and also praised the travelling support.
Following the conclusion of the Stade Francais vs Harlequins game today, round six is complete and the quarter-finalists in the European Rugby Challenge Cup are now known with Gloucester set to welcome the Cardiff Blues to Kingsholm.
Knowing a bonus point win would secure a home quarter-final, Gloucester completed their European mission in some style on Saturday evening, sweeping aside a spirited but outgunned Aviron Bayonnais scoring 10 tries on their way to a 64-19 victory.