Seashell students' scrum fun with Sale Sharks

Sale Sharks with Seashell Trust student

Premiership team Sale Sharks will be bringing rugby to Seashell Trust students.

The ten-week programme will be run by Sale Sharks Community Trust in early 2018.

It is part of ‘In the Pack’ programme tailored for people who have additional and special needs, both physical and learning impairments, and aims to encourage people to become more active in an inclusive way.

Stephen Pearson, Seashell’s CADS development officer, said: “Opportunities to partner with a club like Sale Sharks which has such a great community programme do not come along very often. It’s so important to provide new and diverse activities to stretch, challenge and motivate our children and young people. They can’t wait for them to return.”

First team star George Nott, along with teammates Jonny Leota, David Seymour and Alexander Tarus have already visited excited youngsters from the Seashell Trust.

He said: “I’ve supported the Community Trust’s work in disability sport for three years now, so I’ve seen for myself what a difference rugby can make to peoples’ lives. We are all very much looking forward to the start of this programme.”

Sharks' community trust inclusion officer Vicky Irwin said: “We are very pleased to work with Seashell Trust as part of ‘In the Pack’. Our coaches deliver a variety of activities, including tag rugby, wheelchair tag rugby, mixed ability rugby and walking rugby to people of all ages and abilities across the north west.

“Sale Sharks’ first team stars George Nott and Halani Aulika will continue their roles as Disability Ambassadors into the new year and will be joined by several volunteers from the Academy to deliver the ten-week Seashell Trust programme.”

The Seashell Trust logo also features on the Sale Sharks away shirt for the 2017/18 season.