In the lead -up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup (RWC 2015), four young members of Uckfield Rugby Football Club’s U17/18 have been selected to be part of the national ‘Young Rugby Ambassador’ programme.
The Ambassadors will now play a crucial part in engaging young people in the local community, as well as generating excitement during the build up to the tournament. The programme is a key element in the RFU’s world cup legacy plan.
Harry Cook, Jack Peters, Katie Statham and Eleanor Lock are joining 5,000 16-20 years olds from rugby clubs across the country who will all have the job of communicating the latest RWC 2015 news, ensuring local people are talking about the tournament and supporting the RFU in its aim to bring back 16-24 year olds to the game.
The team is being sponsored by Chandlers Building Supplies. Harry Cook, Young Rugby Ambassador, and son of Chandlers’ Petworth branch manager, Simon Cook, commented: “We are all delighted to have been chosen to be Young Rugby Ambassadors. Since joining Uckfield, we have been very fortunate to have had good coaches who have helped to develop our skills, interest and understanding of the game.
“We are extremely excited to have been given the chance to represent our town for such a well known sporting event.”
Additionally, Uckfield Rugby Football Club has created their own Youth Development Committee to complement the Young Rugby Ambassador programme. The committee includes the four Ambassadors together with Andrew Statham, Emily May and Tyler Smith.
They aim to ensure the views of younger players are considered when club decisions are made.
Emily May is thrilled to be involved. She said: “To have been chosen to represent my club is a great achievement. I’m looking forward to being able to use my knowledge and skills to encourage local youngsters to take up the game.”
Richard Skinner, commercial director at Chandlers Building Supplies, commented: “We are extremely proud to be sponsors of Uckfield Rugby Football Clubs’ U17/18 teams and would like to congratulate the youngsters on their appointment.
“I’m sure they will do a great job of generating excitement about the upcoming Rugby World Cup within our local community.”
An early commitment for the four Ambassadors saw them join the other 5,000 from clubs across the country at a conference that took place at the Brighton Community Stadium on Thursday, October 31.