England rugby player inspires students at Spilsby’s King Edward VI Academy

Friday, March 9, 2018

Students and staff at Spilsby’s King Edward VI Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust, recently welcomed England Rugby player, Justine Lucas, to the academy.

The visit, which was made possible through the David Ross Education Trust’s Inspiration Fund, allowed students to meet and train with Justine, who currently represents England and Wasps RFC.

Throughout the day, the professional rugby player held coaching sessions for the U13 and U15 rugby squads, where she helped them to develop their skills and inspired them to take their sport to the next level.

Pupils from two local primary schools, Spilsby Primary School and Great Steeping Primary, were also invited to take part in the day, where they had the chance to attend a rugby coaching session and tag rugby tournament led by Justine and a number of young leaders from King Edward VI Academy.

Andrew Clarke, Headteacher at Spilsby Primary School, said: “Thank you to King Edward VI Academy for inviting us, the pupils had a great time! They have been able to learn new skills and put them into practise, and it was an incredible opportunity for everyone to meet a professional athlete.”

Joe Reagan, a Year 10 student at King Edward VI Academy, said: “Meeting Justine is by far one of the most eye-opening experiences I have ever had. She taught us new ways to expand our knowledge and enjoy rugby.

“Justine is an all-round star and has given me an insight into the benefits of participating in sport, and in particular, rugby.”


This incredible opportunity, which was made possible through the David Ross Education Trust’s Inspiration Fund, is just one example of many events on offer as part of the Trust’s pioneering enrichment programme that aims to motivate and encourage young people to develop their talents and discover their passions.

Chris Everton, Lead Teacher of Boys’ P.E at King Edward VI Academy, said: “It has been fantastic to welcome someone of Justine’s calibre to the academy.

“It has been truly inspiring to see a current England International working alongside our students and local primary schools.”

For more information about the David Ross Education Trust Inspiration Fund, visit www.dret.co.uk or email gsweeney@dret.co.uk.