Written by Mr Blanchard, P.E Teacher
40 students from Park across Years 7,8 & 9 had the opportunity to travel to Sandy Park on Saturday. Students met for a 06:15 start at Park school and travelled down to the Exeter Chiefs ground for a ‘Super Saturday’
This consisted of a tour around the changing rooms where all the shirts were hung up waiting for the team to arrive and a look at the facilities that the Chiefs have at their disposal, whether that be training or for rehabilitation.
It was a chilly day, but the students were kept warm and put through their paces by some of the players/community staff from the Chiefs team. This involved tackling, conditioned games and the opportunity to try and catch balls sent sky high from the rugby ball cannon.
After the activities, we then had some lunch and were escorted to our seats in the south stand.
Park and other schools and clubs at the game were then invited to be the guard of honour to welcome the teams onto the pitch; this was a great opportunity to see the players up close.
A tense European Cup game then began with the home team prevailing in injury time as the Glasgow Warriors team were disallowed a last ditch try.
A very vocal park contingency throughout the game went up a few decibels on the final whistle.
The day as a whole was a great opportunity for our students to see professional rugby players at the top of their game on our front doorstep, which in turn may have inspired them to try rugby or be involved in sport in some capacity, whether that be at amateur or a professional level.
Superb effort from all the students and a big thanks to the staff who helped out on the day.
I look forward to the next one!