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Millbrook Welcomes An International Rugby Star!

posted 30 Jul 2013, 06:27 by Google Google   [ updated 30 Jul 2013, 06:28 ]
As part of Millbrook Academies Sky Sports Living for Sport Scheme, former South African international and Gloucester rugby player Thinus Delport visited the school this Wednesday.  The former Springbok worked with students throughout the day, inspiring them with his own personal story; from small town farming community to playing on the international stage in front of 80,000 spectators. He emphasised the importance of hard work and dedication in reaching the goals he set himself, and how pupils should apply those themes to their own sporting and academic achievement.

The main focus of the visit was working with different groups throughout the day on their fitness and rugby skills to give them a taste of what it takes to reach the top. The Year 10 BTEC PE groups were put through a gruelling range of rugby inspired fitness drills, all under the mantra of “the harder you work the more you gain”. The groups certainly embraced that and came away with red faces and in need of a good rest. Well done to all that took part.

Year 7, 8 and 9 groups were taken through some rugby based sessions focused on tackling and how to retain possession of the ball. The knowledge and inspiration a former international rugby player can bring to a session was a joy to watch and the students applied themselves in a great manner. The students must now look to take the knowledge they have gained and practice further to apply it within their matches.



Thinus finished the day by coaching the year 10 and 11 rugby squad, working on their defensive tactics at the breakdown. The squad were privileged to be working with such an experienced coach and he was able to pass on lots of tips to the boys.

The Sky Sports Living for Sport Scheme is a Youth Sport Trust initiative aiming to inspire young people to get involved with sport and use sport as a vehicle to promote personal development. The athlete mentors play a big part in this by sharing their experiences and knowledge with the students they meet.

Jordan Wintle, second in PE and project leader said “We owe a massive thank you to Thinus for his time and efforts today, the students have been buzzing in the sessions and we look forward to channelling that enthusiasm further within the PE department. Sport plays a leading role within the school and sessions like today raise the profile even further”.

Thinus Delport commented on the project stating “I have been very fortunate in my life to have had role models that played a very positive part in my development both as an athlete and as a person. I am eternally grateful to them and have the desire to return that favour to the next generation of young people. The students here at Millbrook Academy have been great today, I hope they can continue to achieve their sporting and academic goals under the guidance of their dedicated and enthusiastic teachers”

“Sky Sports Living for Sport is a very powerful brand which exudes success and accomplishment. Together with a proven model in the form of Sky Sports Living for Sport, the initiative can deliver the best tools for young people to be inspired to reach their goals in life.”


Millbrook Academy now looks forward to welcoming our second athlete mentor, double Paralympic medallist Mel Clarke to the school in December, who no doubt will spend another day inspiring our students!