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Keighley pupils join Prince Harry for rugby training event
10:10am Saturday 26th October 2013 in Keighley
Pupils from a Keighley school took part in a training session alongside rugby fan Prince Harry at Twickenham Stadium.
The Prince joked he was already “past it” as he helped coach a rugby session for youngsters, including pupils who had travelled down from Oakbank School.
The 29-year-old took part in training with the children last Thursday, alongside former England star Jason Robinson, who threw down the gauntlet to the Prince. “I’ll be looking to see what you’ve got,” the World Cup winner said.
But Harry replied: “I think I’m a bit past it already.”
Harry, often seen cheering England on from the sidelines, put some of his passing, kicking and tackling skills to the test on Twickenham’s famous turf.
The royal is patron of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) All Schools Programme, a project to help boost participation in state schools.
The catalyst for the return of rugby union to Oakbank was the school’s selection for the RFU’s All Schools programme.
In a former life as Keighley Boys’ Grammar School, rugby union was the winter sport of choice that eventually gave rise to the foundation of an old boys’ club, the Keighlians RUFC, which later changed its name to Keighley RUFC when the school connection wilted.
Now, under the programme, coaching support has been delivered at Oakbank since last September, and the first milestone on the journey was the school’s hosting of a triangular tournament involving Ilkley Grammar and Titus Salt High School in Saltaire.
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