Recently, a team of youngsters taking part in the RAF Benevolent Fund's Airplay scheme at RAF Northolt, bravely took on members of Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club.
Rhys Crane, Adam Precannin and Chris Yorke from the club's First XV made the trip to RAF Northolt to teach them a little bit about the game. Although the kids had little to no experience of playing rugby between them, all took part in the afternoon of skills activities before finishing off with a lively game of touch rugby.
Ealing Trailfinders encourages many youngsters to participate in rugby, with a Youth Section and also a Minis Section which sees more than 500 children taking part each week. This initiative is a perfect fit with Airplay, with both aiming to encourage young people to take up sport and learn new skills.
Chris said: "I grew up with rugby and as soon as I started it up, I really enjoyed it.I think it's so important for kids to get involved with sports and rugby teaches you a lot of skills including how to communicate – it's important to the game and great for them.
"For the kids today it's been something different and hopefully they enjoyed it – it's been great spending the afternoon with them and seeing them grow in confidence and ability."
With club mascot Bruno the Bear also making an appearance, alongside Sergeant Gary Loftus, the session ended on a high for one youngster in particular. Lee Morgan aged nine, was the lucky individual chosen out of the group to act as a mascot for a forthcoming Ealing Trailfinders match.
To find out more about Airplay, please visit www.rafbf.org/airplay.