Kesteven under-12s enjoy well-deserved day at Twickenham
The Aviva Premiership Rugby season may be over for another year but memories of the 2018 final will live long in the memory for youngsters from Kesteven RUFC after they got to experience a special day out at Twickenham Stadium.
Thanks to their involvement with the testimonial season of the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup, Kesteven under-12s headed to rugby HQ on Saturday where they shared the turf with World Cup winners Lewis Moody and Jason Robinson.
That came after they secured their spot at the showpiece event at the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup festival hosted by Leicester Tigers.
Their reward for their efforts also included the chance to watch Exeter Chiefs and Saracens battle it out for the title, as well as meeting with former England stars Moody and Robinson pre-match.
Kesteven player Jack Hall, 12, who attends King’s School, admitted the whole day had been one to savour. “It was amazing to come to Twickenham,” he said.
“It’s been such a nice experience as you don’t get this chance very often, but hopefully I’ll get to do it again when I’m older as a professional.
“It was very cool to get the opportunity to be here as part of the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup and the festival was so much fun for our team. You get to play with your mates, score tries and make tackles against sides you would not normally play against.
“It was a dream come true to walk out at Twickenham and it has made me more determined to come back here as a player in the future.”
Kesteven were one of 24 under-11 and under-12 teams in attendance for the final – representing two sides for each age category from the festivals hosted by each of the 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs throughout the season.
This campaign represented a milestone season with this the 10th anniversary of the national grassroots rugby initiative.
Over the course of the last decade, more than 82,000 youngsters have participated in the tournament, with Moody, who is a Land Rover ambassador alongside Robinson, praising the opportunities afforded to the rugby players at such a young age.
Moody said: “It’s a unique chance to walk and be on the hallowed turf of Twickenham, so for these youngsters it’s a great opportunity as it’s such an impressive environment.
“They have come through such a great journey and Land Rover have been embedded in grassroots rugby and Premiership Rugby at so many different levels of the game.
“It’s awesome that you can bring kids through and see them enjoy an experience that I’ve also enjoyed. It’s one of those experiences that only comes around once in your life.
“Hopefully some of them will be inspired enough through this to further their rugby careers to whatever level that may be, some might even get to play at Twickenham at a senior level or junior level, and I hope that happens for them.
“It’s a unique day created by the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup, it’s really special and it brings teams from all over the place together to play against each other.”
+ The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup has concluded its testimonial season. In the last decade, more than 82,000 youngsters have participated in the grassroots tournament, enough to fill Twickenham Stadium. Follow @LandRoverRugby #WeDealInReal