Touchdown at Twickenham for Longdean

Students from Longdean School enjoyed a visit to Twickenham and met England coaches Mike Catt and Andy Farrell
Students from Longdean School enjoyed a visit to Twickenham and met England coaches Mike Catt and Andy Farrell

On 31 May, 52 Longdean students went to visit Twickenham stadium, the home of English Rugby.

The day was an opportunity to visit the World Rugby Museum to sample the history of the game and to use the interactive section where students are able to test their fitness on a variety of stations to establish what position would suit them most.

This, in conjunction with a workshop on GPS technology and elite fitness training, created a very engaging environment for all students and forms a great entry to GCSE Physical Education.

Speaking with museum curator Phil McGowan, he explained that the workshop and interactive area of the museum were formed around the GCSE syllabus.

The day was topped off with a full access-all-areas stadium tour; visiting executive boxes, team changing rooms and even an opportunity to sit in the royal box.

Fortunately during the visit, England Coaches Stuart Lancaster, Andy Farrell and Mike Catt were on-site carrying out some filming and were more than happy to create the time to give the pupils a memorable visit by posing for photographs and signing autographs.

The day was a rousing success and all students came away with a heightened knowledge of rugby and renewed enthusiasm for the sport. Some pupils even left inspired to join their local grassroots team, but not before ensuring they visited the shop for the latest merchandise.

A majority of the students coming to Longdean come here with limited or no experience of rugby and without having ever been to a professional stadium. This day gave the students a wonderful opportunity to experience one of the greatest stadiums in the world and really inspire them heading into a World Cup on home soil in September.

Matt Fallon, a Year 12 student at Longdean School, has recently been signed as goalkeeper for the CCA Men’s Soccer Programme (Concordia College Alabama).

Matt is joining Concordia after helping lead AFC Dunstable last season to a 17-3-1 record with seven clean sheets.

Matt plans to major in Business Management with a minor in Sport Management at CCA.

Longdean School is exceptionally proud of everything that Matt has achieved.