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Prince Harry’s Goal: encouraging youth rugby players

Prince Harry was in Salford today, supporting not only the children of the Eccles RFC but the children who participate in the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

As part of his role as Patrol of England Rugby’s All Schools Programme, Prince Harry visited the Rugby Club in Salford. He attended a youth Rugby Festival at the Eccles RFC to not only cheer on the children, but to lend a hand in training teachers how to teach safe and effective scrum and tackle techniques.

Prince Harry joins in with a rugby training session at Eccles Rugby Club

Prince Harry joins in with a rugby training session at Eccles Rugby Club

Before Prince Harry arrived, a spokesperson for the Eccles RFC commented: “We’re all really excited and I bet the kids might be able to teach him a thing or two.”

Prince Harry’s desire is to increase the amount of rugby played in state secondary schools. He hopes to help approximately 750 more schools to become proficient in rugby in time to compete in the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

In addition to encouraging the participation of youth in rugby, the Prince also supported the Salford Fire Station’s Community Fire Cadets. The Community Fire Cadets are a local program that promotes fire safety in children. They encourage the town’s youth to visit the fire station each week and take part in fire and rescue activities. Today, Prince Harry met with some youngsters who were attending a fire safety course that is run by The Prince’s Trust, which is a youth charity by The Prince of Wales.

During his visit to the Salford Fire Station, he also caught up with crews from the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. He last visited them in August 2011 after they were dispatched to quell civil violence in both Salford and Manchester.

Photo Credit Courtesy of Victoria @QueenVicMirror

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