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June 16, 2015

Deutsche Bank teams up with World Cup Rugby winner and Sported ambassador Will Greenwood to coach sporteducate students

Thirty young people recently put England World Cup Rugby winner Will Greenwood’s skills to the test with the help of a number of Deutsche Bank volunteers, including Andrew Gray and Justin Haywood. The volunteers and Greenwood teamed up to coach the 10 -14 year olds, who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, as part of an event for sporteducate, Deutsche Bank’s flagship programme under the Born to Be youth engagement programme.

“Being able to make a difference to these children who were experiencing the thrill of rugby for the first time was a real treat," said Haywood.
The volunteers took part in a short Sports Leadership course before the event to ensure their coaching, organisational and communications skills were up to the task. Then, after coaching the students  in the art of rugby, they  played a mini tournament, with a chance to win much coveted tickets to the Rugby World Cup Quarter Finals in October.

“Greenwood brought an infectious enthusiasm to the group during his coaching sessions,” said Gray, who has volunteered for sporteducate in the past. “Many of the kids weren’t even born when he lifted the World Cup in 2003, but he still had an incredible ability to get them interested in the game and having fun at the event.”

Will Greenwood, Sported ambassador, said: “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the passion and commitment of the volunteer coaches at my local rugby club. Volunteers play a key role at grassroots, not just coaching young people to play sports, but offering life guidance and support.”

He added: “sporteducate offers young people a real leg-up and some fantastic opportunities to get ahead with their educations and future careers. It’s been a real privilege getting stuck in with the training and meeting such an energetic and talented bunch. Hopefully I’ve whetted their appetites of what’s to come with the World Cup!”




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