Scouts show support at London Irish fun day
Hundreds of Scouts got the VIP treatment from the London Irish rugby team last Sunday as they attended a special match for the club’s annual Scouts and Guides day.
A total of 1,300 Scouts and Guides cheered on the team against Leicester Tigers, bringing together young people and volunteers from several different counties including Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire, Bedfordshire, Dorset, Sussex, Oxfordshire and Kent.
Prior to the game itself, over 300 Scouts attended a special activities centre run by London Irish at the Rivermead Leisure Centre, aimed at introducing Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to a variety of different sports. Rugby was naturally a highlight with members of the Irish academy on hand to give the young people an insight into some of the techniques used by professional rugby players. In addition to rugby, Scouts were able to try golf and table tennis, as well as learning skills from the Reading Rockets basketball team. London Irish mascot ‘Digger’ the dog even lent a helping paw.
Young people also got the chance to wear the green and white with London Irish face painting, but the real treat of the morning was an exclusive Q+A with London Irish stars Halani Aulika and Ed Hoadley, in which the Scouts were invited to ask questions.
Star scrum-half Ed Hoadley said: ‘I think things like this are great. It's a way of getting London Irish’s name out there but also a way of getting children involved with other sports. I know a lot of our boys are keen. When they're not in a match it's important to get out and get involved in the community.’
Half time honours
During the afternoon game, some lucky Scouts were invited onto the pitch to take part in the Half Time Guard of Honour. It was a fantastic day for those Scouts who attended and the media team from Berkshire County was kept busy recording player and VIP interviews, taking photos, capturing soundbites from the Scouts and filming a special video.
Fraser Boyd, London Irish Supporter Relationship Team Leader, expressed his gratitude to the Scouts for their enthusiastic support: ‘I would like to thank all the Scouts & Guides who came along to the 2nd Annual London Irish Scouts & Guides Day this year. We really enjoyed hosting everyone at the Madejski Stadium and they made a great amount of noise, which added to the already fantastic atmosphere at London Irish. I hope everyone really enjoyed themselves on the day and I look forward to welcoming everyone again to the 3rd Annual London Irish Scouts & Guides Day in 2015.’
See the highlights of the day: