Newcastle Falcons stars touch down for lessons at Wallsend school

Newcastle Falcons stars Mark Wilson and Sonatane Takulua with the Churchill Community College pupils.
Newcastle Falcons stars Mark Wilson and Sonatane Takulua with the Churchill Community College pupils.

International rugby stars were guests of honour at a Wallsend school as they celebrated a special season.

England back row Mark Wilson and Tonga scrum half Sonatane Takulua, who play for Newcastle Falcons, visited Churchill Community College as part of the First Class Supply Connections programme.

The pair spent the morning coaching 30 boys and girls from Year 7 who had benefited from the programme thanks to support from the Falcons Community Foundation, which offers additional rugby coaching.

The Falcons stars took it in turns to coach the groups, playing both contact rugby and wider skills-based games to put into practice some of what the students had learned.

Launched at the start of the 2017/18 season, the First Class Supply Schools Connections programme has seen more than 300 young people receive additional rugby coaching as part of the programme and 250 students and teachers attend Falcons’ home games at Kingston Park.

Steph Boulton, director of First Class Supply, said: “The end of year celebration session was a fantastic opportunity for the pupils at Churchill Community School to train and learn new skills from two incredible rugby professionals.

“The First Class Supply Schools Connections programme enables children to experience new activities and discover skills they perhaps didn¹t realise they had, and the beaming smiles throughout the session made it clear how much they enjoyed it.”

“We enjoy a close partnership with Newcastle Falcons and they have provided rewarding coaching sessions for young people across our region; we can¹t wait to continue working alongside them in the future.”

For further information on First Class Supply please visit www.firstclasssupply.co.uk