USA Rugby Sevens visit Delamere Academy

Wide-eyed pupils at Delamere Academy were knocked off their feet when rugby stars of the USA Sevens team dropped in for a visit.

The gentle giants called in thanks to a request by former England and British Lions player Phil Greening, who is Sports Ambassador for North West Academies Trust (NWAT), which runs the school.

The internationals answered questions about life as sportstars, travelling the world and performing in front of thousands of spectators, before showing the children some skills on the school’s playing field.

Head of School Julie Clayton said: “Our sporting schedule is always exciting but the children were extremely lucky to have the USA Sevens for a training session and assembly.

“It was a unique opportunity to meet professionals and watch them train. The team were fun and friendly and it was truly inspirational for our children.”

Phil is coach to the USA team as well as owner of The Athlete Factory set in the grounds of Chester RUFC. Three of his four children attend Delamere.

His fitness facility played host to a tournament featuring teams from USA, England, Spain, France, Ireland and Germany over the weekend (October 6-7).

The competition was won by England in an epic final against the emerging Irish team.

Phil said: “These are the teams that play on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens circuit.

“We had Olympians, World Cup medalists, and men like the world’s fastest rugby player in Carlin Isles, world player of the year Perry Baker, World Series leading try-scorer Dan Norton and many more.”

NWAT also runs Oak View at Winsford, St Martin’s at Chester and Ellesmere Primary in Shropshire.

Three further schools, currently run by University of Chester Academy Trust, will also join NWAT before the end of the year.

The Trust’s schools pride themselves on offering pupils a rich a varied education, with experiences away from the classroom key to their learning.