In our search for a squad of budding junior reporters to cover some of this season’s most anticipated fixtures, we received over 50 applications from 10-16 year olds in the local area. After some tough decision-making, we can reveal that the lucky winners are Toby Andrews, Maddox Maguire, Emilia Blount, Harry Stanton, and Seren Lennon!
Kicking off the reporting duties against London Irish on Friday 4 February will be the dynamic duo of Toby Andrews and Maddox Maguire. The two young players and keen Gloucester fans will have the unique opportunity to get behind the scenes access to the club, sharing their enthusiasm for the beautiful game with other fans.
Following this, Emilia Blount will be covering the Worcester Warriors game on Friday 25 March, Harry Stanton will review the hotly anticipated clash against Wasps Saturday 2 April, and finally, Seren Lennon will be in attendance as the Cherry and Whites face Bath Rugby later this season.
After the match, reporters will submit their reports, either in video or written format, which will be shared across the Gloucester Rugby online channels.
So, without further ado, here are your junior reporters for this year - as they discuss what the sport and Gloucester Rugby itself means to them.
“I love rugby so much, I play for both my school team, Sir Thomas Rich, and for Cirencester. It’s been brilliant joining the rugby team at school as it has helped me make new friends when I moved from primary to secondary school. Rugby is really important to me and keeps me fit and healthy too!”
“Gloucester Rugby means a lot to me, growing up I’ve always been interested in rugby, and I joined a club at 6 years old. I haven’t stopped playing since and have put my heart and soul into the game. When I go and watch Gloucester Rugby, chills get sent down my spine from the atmosphere and it changes the whole experience of the game. Gloucester Rugby has changed my perspective on rugby and how amazing the sport is.”
“Gloucester Rugby expresses fun, entertainment, participation, and determination. Every Gloucester game always fills its full potential with pure enjoyment and determination. The crowd is always so welcoming and creates an amazing, buzzing, sporting atmosphere. No one is ever left out whether you’re a star player or a fan. Gloucester Rugby always makes me feel proud to be a part of the game. Even if I’m just watching from the crowd, I feel like I’m on the pitch getting ready for kick-off!”
“Well, in short, it is one of my favourite things in life. I first went to a Gloucester Rugby match when I was six years old. I remember being on my Dad's shoulders for the whole game and being so fascinated whilst watching. I also remember asking my Dad everything that was happening in the game, such as when there was a scrum, and when a try was scored. And then 2 years later, I got my first season ticket for the shed, when I was 8, and I've been going to every home game ever since – I’m now 15! My most memorable moment was watching James Hook’s last-minute penalty kick to win the game against Saracens, what a player! I just love the passion and atmosphere from Kingsholm, and I don't think you could get it from anywhere else in the Prem!”
“It means everything - teamwork, passion, having the drive to succeed. It is also important to me because if something doesn’t go well, Gloucester Rugby shows us how we keep moving forward to overcome our personal and team difficulties and make ourselves better.”