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Johnson hails West Suffolk College rugby students

01 August 2011

  • Rugby academy boys visit England training camp
  • Volunteer spirit appreciated by Martin Johnson
Martin Johnson with West Suffolk College Rugby Academy students Sam Shorten (left) and Adam White

Photo: RFU Archive

Martin Johnson took time out from preparing the England team for the Rugby World Cup to host a group of West Suffolk College’s young players and their coach in recognition of them achieving a gold standard in volunteering.

The England Team Manager invited them as special guests to the England training camp in Surrey and presented them with certificates that acknowledged their efforts over the past season.

These young volunteers are all students at West Suffolk College Rugby Academy, and they have worked with local clubs and the RFU to organise and support key events throughout the year. The college’s Head Coach, Nigel Brown, was presented with an RFU VIP tie for his leadership and commitment to the development of rugby union in Eastern Counties.

Martin Johnson, England Team Manager, said: "It was good to meet Nigel and the young rugby players from West Suffolk College, and hear about their volunteering work.

"Everyone involved with the England squad understands and appreciates the enthusiasm for rugby shown by volunteers and we are delighted to help recognise the efforts they make to improve the quality of experience at schools and clubs.”

Lee Adamson, the RFU’s rugby development officer for Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, said: "I am so pleased that Martin Johnson was able to recognise the dedication and unwavering support of this group of young volunteers and their coach. Without them the game in Eastern Counties would not be where it is.

"It is fantastic we have managed to do this at a time that not only highlights their efforts but also provides them with an insight to what being an elite performer is all about.

"Watching the England team prepare for the Rugby World Cup and listening to Martin explain how important it is to all give your best and set high standards in everything you do will live with these volunteers for a long time.

"These young men will now go back to their college and hopefully inspire their fellow students to achieve the high standards they have set."

After meeting Martin Johnson and England players including centre Mike Tindall, the West Suffolk College students presented with certificates were Adam White, Rob Duchesne, Sam Shorten and Jake Thurlow.