Local schools extend the hand of friendship as part of a 'festival of rugby'

Published: 10 Dec 2013 17:300 comments

The Forest School is hosting students from the Caribbean as part of a ‘festival of rugby’.

L-R pupils from Forest School, Reese Graham, Wing-Hou Chan, Reece Alston, Patrick Coe, and Luke Hedgecox, and their teacher Mr Reddish.

The school, in Robin Hood Lane, Winnersh, has teamed up with Abbey Rugby Club in Reading, and Touraid, a charity that aims to give life changing opportunities to disadvantaged children around the world.

They will be hosting 10 children under 13 from St. Lucia, in the Caribbean, for two weeks in 2014.

The youngsters will not only get a taste of UK life, but they will also stay with host families, getting first hand experience of a typical British family, as well as a Wokingham school.

The children will also get the chance to watch a premiership rugby match, trips to London and other tourist destinations, as well as playing a match on the grounds of a top rugby union team.

Rich Pryor, PE teacher at The Forest, said “These children literally have nothing other than the clothes they stand up in. Although the boys will be hosted by Forest parents, there are still the costs of air flights and sports kit to cover. We are therefore looking for kind business sponsors who can complement our own fundraising at the school.”

The school has been fundraising to reach its target of £10,000, and parents, teachers and pupils have been selling cakes, planning auctions, training for events and much more.

More than 40 young people from Kenya, Swaziland and India will be coming to the UK as part of the project, and this is the first time the Forest School has taken part.

The highlight of the trip will be under-13s rugby tournament, held at Abbey RFC.

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