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ACERs raising the curtain for England

15 students from the ECMAT ACE Academy, University of Wolverhampton have been selected to visit the home of English Rugby ahead of the crunch match between England and Wales tomorrow, Saturday 12th March.

Rugby Football Union (RFU) staff Adam Blackford and Scott Sturdy have been working closely with staff and students at the Academy as part of the RFU ‘All Schools Programme’. This is an initiative set up to get more youngsters involved in Rugby at school and club level and between them put together a bid to RFU Headquarters outlining the reasons why ACE should take to the pitch during the 6 Nations in recognition of the hard work devoted to developing Rugby and school sport at ACE.

The bid was successful; students and staff from ACE have been invited to travel to Twickenham to take part in a curtain raiser match on the pitch as well as lead the players out as a guard of honour just minutes before kick-off. Director of Learning and Teaching for Sport Mr T.Elmes commented “This is an amazing opportunity for both students and staff at ACE Academy; it is a fitting reward to the commitment that the students have put into Rugby at the school in curriculum time and as part of the enrichment programme. Hopefully the experience will inspire others to try something new and give Rugby a go. There is a massive buzz around the students and hopefully this will drive others to participate and compete”.

The game will be televised on ITV on tomorrow Saturday 12th March (4pm)