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.
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
A big few days for the Gloucester-Hartpury Women side. First came the news that the team will compete in Women's Super Rugby next season, and on Saturday the team will play Worcester Ladies IIs at Kingsholm. Centre Hannah Jones and wing Michelle Ruddock spoke to GRTV this week to reflect on events.
Missing so many starters, and up against a team fighting for their Premiership existence, Gloucester did what had to be done at Ashton Gate on Friday evening battling their way to a 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol Rugby.