Super Saturday is an annual trip for Paignton Academy and this year we visited Sandy Park to watch Exeter Chiefs play Gloucester in the Heineken Champions Cup. We took 41 students from across the whole of Key Stage 3; this included those who have been attending rugby club or have improved their behaviour/attendance over the term.
After an early start, we arrived at Sandy Park and the students were taken to the training pitch where they enjoyed a carousel of activities provided for them by Team Brave. This included a tour of the stadium, changing room facilities and the recovery rooms. On the pitch, the students were able to demonstrate their ability in agility, passing, knowledge of the game and tackling, with time to create their own WWE tackles.
The students then had the opportunity to explore the grounds, have lunch and visit the gift shop before the coaches from Chiefs in the Community came to collect them, ensuring they were ready for the guard of honour at the start of the game. It was a great experience for our students to be up close with the premiership players as they ran out on to the pitch
At half time, along with other schools and local rugby clubs, our students experienced walking on to the pitch in front of the 9,000 people who attended the match, before returning to their seats to enjoy the second half. The students were super excited as, at the end of the match, they were able to meet the players as well as get signatures and photographs.
I would like to thank Chiefs in the Community for welcoming us to Sandy Park; Mr Mountford, Mr Battye and Mrs Shaw – all staff at our Academy – for giving up their Saturday to enable our students to attend; and, finally, our students for being great ambassadors for rugby and the Academy. It was a great pleasure to run this trip for great staff and even better students.
Harlie Aitken-Smith showing the Brave players what she has
All students at the end of their training session
Students waiting for the players to run through