All hands on deck - training session under wayAll hands on deck - training session under way
All hands on deck - training session under way

Chichester rugby youngsters train on deck of HMS Prince of Wales

Chichester Rugby Club’s under-13s enjoyed a special final session together at that age group – on board the aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales.

James King, Chichester RFC U13 lead coach, said: “We've had very successful season, including numerous friendly and Sussex cup matches, as well as doing Chichester proud by coming third in our age group at Dorset Rocks regional tour.

"To mark end of the season we were able to coordinate our final U13 session on board a serving Royal Navy warship, HMS Prince of Wales, in Portsmouth Dockyard.

"Some 22 players from our squad, plus a number of parents and Royal Navy staff, joined up for some fun and games with a rugby ball.

“The deck of the aircraft carrier is the size of three rugby pitches, but we stuck to non-contact on this occasion – and kicking wasn't allowed!.

"This was a fantastic and memorable, community centred event.”