College rugby players receive top tips from Saracens professionals

Members of the East region women’s rugby team were treated to a workshop with the Saracens ladies ahead of the National Championships later this month.

A selection of students from Hills Road and Long Road Sixth Form Colleges were treated to the workshop at Cantabrigian Rugby club in Cambridge as part of an ongoing programme organised by Tyrrells Potato Crisps.

Saracens Women were represented by three players from the squad – Anna Stodter, Anna Goddard and Bronwen Jackson Turner, who were on hand to put the college students through their paces at the workshop, which was designed to inspire more young women to consider playing rugby.

The workshop, organised and hosted by Tyrrells, was made up of a number of different activities, and started with a warm up training session led by the Saracens players, followed by a friendly match between the colleges. The Sarries players stood on the side-lines of the game, acting as coaches, and took it in turns to offer tactics and advice to both sides.

Ellie Levitt, a student at Hills Road College, said: “It was an inspirational opportunity to be given help and advice from the Saracens players, having their input has encouraged me even more to develop my game.”

After the match, the college students got the chance to pose for pictures with the Saracens players and were given the opportunity to grill them on what it’s like to play rugby to such a high standard. The students didn’t hold back in quizzing the players on the social, physical and mental challenges of playing at a competitive level.

Bronwen Jackson Turner commented: “It was great to meet all of the students and take part in the workshop – to see all of them enjoying rugby and help with some tips and advice. If we can inspire more of these young women to play rugby regularly, that would be fantastic.”

The AoC Sport National Championships take place on 20-22 April at the University of Nottingham.